Sony Classics has acquired U.S. rights to Paul Haggis’ romance movie “Third Person,” which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, the company announced Thursday.
“Third Person” boasts a star-studded ensemble that includes Oscar nominees Liam Neeson and James Franco, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, and Maria Bello, as well as Oscar winners Kim Basinger and Adrien Brody.
“Third Person” follows three men and their romantic entanglements in New York, Paris and Rome. While the trio of tales appear to have no connection at first, Haggis gradually makes connections between them as the film unwinds.
Writer-director Haggis and his Hwy61 partner Michael Nozik produced “Third Person” with Paul Breuls of Corsan, which also financed the film.
“The opportunity to work with the master himself — Paul Haggis — on creating an intelligent and intriguing relationship movie was an exceptional and fulfilling challenge for me. To see how this group of brilliant actors interpret the characters from the film, was an experience that far exceeded my expectations. I am thrilled to have Sony Pictures Classics as a partner and look forward to the continuation of a search for excellence, and the opportunity to work with the best in the business,” said Breuls.
“Michael [Barker] and Tom [Bernard] have great instincts and all the right experience releasing smart, challenging films. I’m thrilled ‘Third Person’ found a home at Sony Pictures Classics,” added Haggis.
“Paul Haggis is one of our great movie storytellers and ‘Third Person’ is one of his best works featuring an exceptional cast led by Liam Neeson (also at his best). We are excited to bring ‘Third Person’ to American audiences,” said Sony Pictures Classics, which also acquired German and Scandinavian rights.
The distributor negotiated the deal along with CAA and Paradigm.