Reported by Rebecca Marie Taylor.
Following it’s highly anticipated release at the Toronto International Film Festival, Exclusive Media and Likely Story have sold John Carny’s (Once) Can a Song Save Your Life? to the Weinstein Company for $7 million. The drama, starring Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Mark Ruffalo, and Catherine Keener sparked a high amount of buyer interest after its premiere in Toronto.
The film tells the story of a young girl (Knightley) trying to make it as a singer in the big city. When her boyfriend (Levine) gets his “big break” in the music industry and leaves her in the dust, she is left heartbroken until a struggling producer discovers her at an open mic night, turning both of their lives around for the better. The film also includes appearances by several different musicians, including Cee Lo Green and Mos Def.
The deal includes a $20 million advertising and print agreement, alongside the $7 million promise for US rights.
Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust said “This movie has been an absolute joy to work on and we are thrilled to have the absolute perfect distributor in The Weinstein Company join us on the journey.”
Sycamore Pictures and Exclusive Media co-financed the drama, and Sycamore Pictures will be a co-presenter of the film. This was the second major buying agreement of the Toronto International Film Festival, after Focus Features purchase of Jason Bateman’s Bad Words.
Deadline was first to report that the films sale was under negotiation.
On-set photo thanks to Aceshowbiz.