Cannes: Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Sparks Bidding War

Ruven Afanador

UPDATED: The Weinstein Co., Focus Features, A24 Films, Fox Searchlight and Open Road Films are all interested in the film.

CANNES -- Jake Gyllenhaal's crime drama Nightcrawler is sparking heated interest among U.S. buyers.

The Weinstein Co. and Focus Features are firmly entrenched in talks with WME Global and CAA, which are co-repping domestic rights, while A24 Films, Open Road Films and Fox Searchlight are also showing interest.

News of a domestic deal comes as Nightcrawler, from Bold Films, is being shopped to foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Market by Sierra/Affinity.

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Another Bold Film project, The Coup, is drawing keen interest. The movie stars Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell.

Nightcrawler, now completed, marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy and stars Gyllenhaal as a freelance crime reporter in Los Angeles. Gilroy's wife, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton co-star in the movie.

Gilroy most recently co-wrote the screenplay for The Bourne Legacy with his brother, Tony Gilroy. Tony Gilroy and Jennifer Fox, who collaborated on Michael Clayton, Duplicity and the Bourne series, are producing Nightcrawler with Gyllenhaal.

Bold Films' Michel Litvak and David Lancaster are also producers, while Gary Michael Walters is executive producing.