Toronto: Artificial Eye Takes U.K. Rights to David Gordon Green's 'Joe'


Director: David Gordon Green 
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan
The Buzz: A gritty Southern Gothic drama about an ex-con who befriends a troubled teen, it got high marks in Venice.

Nicolas Cage's performance in the Worldview Entertainment film, based on Larry Brown's acclaimed novel, has drawn strong reviews since the movie's world debut at the Venice Film Festival.

TORONTO – WestEnd Films has closed a slew of deals for David Gordon Green's Southern gothic tale Joe, starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan.

Artificial Eye took U.K. rights. Other deals closed by WestEnd in Toronto include sales to Japan (CCC), Australia (Madman), Benelux (Cineart) and Scandinavia (Non Stop). A deal for a U.S. distributor still hasn't closed.

TORONTO REVIEW: David Gordon Green's 'Joe'

The film, which was financed and produced by Worldview Entertainment, previously sold to France (Wild Side), Germany (Koch Media), Latin America (Swen), the Middle East (ECS), Turkey (Bir Film), Thailand (Dreams Vision), Taiwan (Filmware), Malaysia (Suraya), China (Media Asia), Hungary (Cinenuovo), Ex-Yugoslavia (MCF), Portugal (Pris Audiovisuals), Bulgaria (A Plus), Israel (United King), and Greece (Spentzos Films).

Based on Larry Brown's acclaimed novel, the film centers on a hard-living ex-con (Cage) who becomes friend and protector of a hard-luck kid (Sheridan). Gordon Green directed from an adapted screenplay by Gary Hawkins.

Joe made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month before playing at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 9. Cage's performance in particular captured the attention of critics and buyers.

Christopher Woodrow's Worldview has had a major presence at Toronto this year, where it had five other films playing in addition to Joe, including Eli Roth's The Green Inferno, Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot and Ti West's horror-thriller The Sacrament, loosely based on the Jim Jones massacre.

Gordon Green produced Joe alongside Lisa Muskat, Woodrow and Derrick Tseng.

CAA, which works closely with Worldview, helped package the project and is selling U.S. rights.