Zac Efron’s ‘The Paperboy’ gets a Canadian Distributor
D Films acquires exclusive Canadian rights to Lee Daniels’ ‘The Paperboy’
D Films appears to be filling the void left by the Alliance acquisition of Maple Pictures and is quickly becoming the “litte Canadian distributor that could”. This week they have Ralph Fiennes’ Shakespeare adaptation Coriolanus opening in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, on January 27 they have TIFF 2011 darling Tyrannosaur hitting screens, and later this year they are releasing Rob Stewart’s Sharkwater sequel. And just today they have announced they got the exclusive Canadian rights to Lee Daniels’ follow-up to Precious, The Paperboy, a thriller starring Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, and Matthew McConaughey. Can’t wait to see what else is in store for them this year. Read the full press release below.
Toronto, Ontario – (January 18th, 2012) – D FILMS, Canada’s fastest growing motion picture distribution company, has acquired the exclusive, long term Canadian distribution rights in all media to THE PAPERBOY. Lee Daniels’ eagerly anticipated follow-up to his Academy Award® nominated hit PRECIOUS, stars Matthew McConaughey (THE LINCOLN LAYWTER, KILLER JOE), Academy Award® Winner Nicole Kidman (THE HOURS), Zac Efron (ME AND ORSON WELLES, CHARLIE ST. CLOUD) and John Cusack (THE RAVEN). The joint announcement was made today by D Films’ President and CEO, Jim Sherry and Millennium Entertainment’s President, Strategic Planning & Television, David Sobieraj.
Based on Pete Dexter’s critically acclaimed novel, THE PAPERBOY is the enthralling story of two brothers (Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron) investigating a case involving a death row inmate (John Cusack). Convinced by a mysterious woman (Nicole Kidman) that the inmate is innocent, the brothers embark on a journey that is filled with betrayal. THE PAPERBOY also costars David Oyelowo (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, THE HELP), Macy Gray (FOR COLORED GIRLS) and Scott Glenn (BOURNE LEGACY).
The drama, slated for release in 2012, is produced by Daniels, Nu Image, Inc./Millennium Films and Benaroya Pictures.
New Poster for The Paperboy: