Sony Pictures Classics has acquired distribution rights to “At Any Price,” a film starring Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens and Heather Graham, the studio announced on Friday.
Sony Pictures Classics will hold all North American rights, as well as Eastern European rights outside of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russia. CIS is a grouping of post-Soviet states such as Belarus, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.
“At Any Price” is directed by Ramin Bahrani (“Chop Shop”), who also co-wrote the project with Hallie Elizabeth Newton.
Set in the present day, it stars Quaid as Henry Whipple, the head of a farming empire. Henry wants his son Dean (Efron) to expand their holdings, but Dean wants to be a professional race car driver.
"Ramin Bahrani is a major American filmmaker. We've wanted to work with him for some time,” Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement. “He is a great storyteller not afraid of serious or big subjects. When we read ‘At Any Price’ we knew this would be a great leap forward for him as a successful director offering great roles for major actors.”
The film is in competition at the Venice Film Festival and will be a special presentation at the Toronto festival. Pamela Koffler, Teddy Schwarzman, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen, Christine Vachon and Bahrani are the producers.