Toronto: Open Road in Talks to Acquire Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer's 'Black and White' (Exclusive)

Black and White - H 2014
Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

Black and White - H 2014

Written and directed by Mike Binder, the racially-themed drama is based on a true story

Open Road Films is in talks to acquire U.S. rights to the Kevin Costner starrer Black and White.

The racially-themed drama, which made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 6, is being acquired for its awards-season potential, sources say — particularly Costner and co-star Octavia Spencer's performances.

Written and directed by Mike Binder and based on a true story, the film centers on an attorney (Costner) who becomes embroiled in a custody battle with the paternal grandmother (Spencer) of his biracial granddaughter, whom he is raising after his wife and daughter have died. Anthony Mackie, Andre Holland, Bill Burr, Mpho Koaho, Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle and 10-year-old newcomer Jillian Estell round out the cast. Binder and Costner previously collaborated on The Upside of Anger.

Costner and Binder produced the film alongside Todd Lewis. Cassian Elwes executive produced.

In his review in THR, Jordan Mintzer wrote that Black and White "creates a believable story raising questions about parenthood and racial prejudice in modern-day Los Angeles." THR's Scott Feinberg called it "one of the best movies that has already screened at the Toronto Film Festival but hasn't yet found a U.S. distributor."

IM Global is handling international sales on the film.

Open Road declined comment.

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