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Although the end of AFM 2018 is in sight as attendees contemplate life outside the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, these five top-tier projects were still on the block as of press time — though buyers were circling.
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Sales: AGC Studios
Newly minted Oscar winner Allison Janney and Laura Dern team with The Help director Tate Taylor for this black comedy about a woman who becomes a celebrity after burying the body of her husband, who died when he was caught cheating.
Sales: Endeavor Content/Sierra Affinity
Diane Keaton, coming off last year’s AFM hot-ticket project Book Club, stars in this feel-good comedy about a woman who moves into a retirement home and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, including Pam Grier and Jacki Weaver.
Sales: Millennium Films
The flame-haired comic book swordstress — famously played by Brigitte Nielsen in 1985 — gets a contemporary reboot at the hands of director Bryan Singer, who swung by AFM to give a major presentation to buyers.
Sales: The Exchange
The original creators and puppeteers behind Sesame Street reunite to discuss the groundbreaking show and explore its most experimental period in Marilyn Agrelo’s nostalgia-soaked doc, which will include never-before-seen footage.
Three Thousand Years of Longing
Sales: FilmNation, CAA
Mad Max helmer George Miller takes a detour after his success with Fury Road for a secretive fantasy romance believed to be centered around a genie. Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton are set to star.
This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter‘s Nov. 4 daily issue at the American Film Market.
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