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Following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Peter Bogdanovich‘s ensemble screwball comedy She’s Funny That Way is selling to U.S. distributor Clarius Entertainment in a deal valued at $4.5 million.
The movie, which screened privately for buyers at the Toronto Film Festival following Venice, stars Owen Wilson as a married film and Broadway director who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress (Imogen Poots). Jennifer Aniston plays a therapist whose mother is in rehab.
She’s Funny That Way, receiving mixed reviews and marking Bogdanovich’s first film in 13 years, co-stars Will Forte, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans, Cybill Shepherd and Richard Lewis, with Tatum O’Neal, Jennifer Esposito, Graydon Carter, Jake Hoffman and Michael Shannon making cameos. The filmmaker penned the script 15 years ago with his then-wife, Louise Stratten.
CAA and UTA brokered the deal with Clarius, which is aggressively pursuing star-driven movies, including And So It Goes, starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. The film, released this summer, was a disappointment however, earning only $15 million to date. Upcoming titles include Rowan Joffe‘s Before I Go to Sleep, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. That film hits theaters Oct. 31.
She’s Funny That Way is the second fall festival title starring Aniston that’s seeking U.S. distribution. She also stars in Daniel Branz‘s searing drama Cake, which made its worldwide premiere in Toronto.
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