Cannes: The Weinstein Co. Nearing Deal for ‘The Young and Prodigious Spivet’

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's first 3D movie co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Kathy Bates

The Weinstein Company is closing in on U.S. rights to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 3D adventure movie "The Young and Prodigious Spivet," which is one of the hottest available titles at Cannes.

A spokesperson for TWC didn't immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment, but an individual close to the negotiations confirmed that a deal was likely to close.

"Spivet" stars Kyle Catlett as the title character, a gifted 12-year-old boy who leaves his family in Montana and sets out across the country in order to receive a prize in Washington D.C.

"Spivet" is Jeunet's first 3D movie and his first English-language film since "Alien Resurrection" in 1997. Helena Bonham Carter and Kathy Bates co-star in the film, which Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant adapted from the novel by Reif Larsen.

Jeunet's Tapioca Films produced with Epithete, Filmarto and French distributor Gaumont. CAA packaged the project and negotiated the domestic distribution deal with the Weinstein Co.

"Spivet" marks the third film the Weinstein Co. has picked up at Cannes, joining Saul Dibb's "Suite Francaise" and Stephen Frears' "Philomena."