Weinstein Co. inks rights to 'Boy A'


More Toronto festival news

TORONTO -- The Weinstein Co. on Friday preemptively nabbed worldwide rights (excluding U.K. TV) to the Toronto fest entry "Boy A."

John Crowley's drama, originally made for British television, is adapted from the novel of the same name by Jonathan Trigell. It follows a 24-year-old man released from prison years after murdering another child with his young friend. His attempts to put his past behind him are helped along by his social worker but hindered by the tabloid press and his social worker's son.

The intimate Cuba Pictures drama stars Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullen, Shaun Evans and Katie Lyons. It was produced by Lynn Horsford, Nick Marston, Tally Garner and Liza Marshall.

Channel 4 majority-financed the film and has the U.K. TV distribution rights.

Weinstein Co. executives Glen Basner, Rhodri Thomas and Michal Podell negotiated the deal with attorney Jeremy Gawade of Lee and Thompson Solicitors along with producers Nick Marston and Tally Garner on behalf of Cuba Pictures.