Acquisitions Update: No Deals, but Buyer Interest

Thus far no major acquisitions have been announced at the festival, in tune with the more subdued economic reality in independent film. But there are movies in play, here’s what we’re hearing:  * By Sunday, George Romero’s horror flick "Survival of the Dead,"which premiered on Saturday night, had one firm offer.  Toronto is a favored spot […]

Thus far no major acquisitions have been announced at the festival, in tune with the more subdued economic reality in independent film.

But there are movies in play, here’s what we’re hearing: 

* By Sunday, George Romero’s horror flick "Survival of the Dead,"which premiered on Saturday night, had one firm offer.  Toronto is a favored spot – the "Night of the Living Dead" pioneer held the world premiere of his return-to-form zombie massacre "Diary of the Dead" back in 2007.

* "Casino Jack," a George Hickenlooper film about a Washington lobbyist starring Kevin Spacey, was sparking buyer interest.

* “Get Low,” a story about a hermit (Robert Duvall)  who stages his funeral in order to reveal a harrowing secret, had distributors circling. (Bill Murray squeezes real humor out of his role as a entrepreneurial undertaker.)

* Interest continued to run high in “A Single Man,” the Tom Ford-directed drama about a gay man and his interior struggles, starring Colin Firth.

* “Creation,” the opening night film about Darwin, starring Paul Bettany, is said to be near closing a deal with a distributor.

* “I am Love,” an old school, Italian-language drama starring Tilda Swinton was reportedly in play with more than one bid.