SPC commits to 'Married'


NEW YORK -- Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Ira Sachs' Toronto International Film Festival entry "Married Life."

The post-World War II drama from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Firm Films follows a meek man (Chris Cooper) who falls for a beautiful, younger woman (Rachel McAdams). His main obstacles are his good friend (Pierce Brosnan) with an equally strong attraction to her and his controlling wife (Patricia Clarkson), whom he'd like to spare the agony of divorce by poisoning her.

"Married" is an official selection of this month's New York Film Festival. The film received mixed reaction from an initial buyers' screening this summer. But its final cut debuted to a warmer response in Toronto. The deal closed late Sunday, toward festival's end.

Sachs ("The Delta") and Oren Moverman ("I'm Not There") adapted their screenplay from John Bingham's novel "Five Roundabouts to Heaven." Sidney Kimmel, Jawal Nga, Steve Golin and Sachs produced the project. William Horberg, David Nicksay, Geoff Stier, Adam Shulman, Matt Littin, Alix Madigan-Yorkin and Bruce Toll served as executive producers.

The sale is another success for SKE, which emerged from Toronto with Oscar buzz for "Lars and the Real Girl," its release through a new partnership with MGM. Other films on the horizon include Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut, "Synecdoche, New York." SKE's Horberg acquired Khaled Hosseini's novel "The Kite Runner," which SKE is producing with DreamWorks, Participant Prods. and Parkes/MacDonald Prods. for release by Paramount Vantage in the winter.