Shawn Ku's drama about the parents of a school shooter has been earning buzz for Michael Sheen and Maria Bello's performances
More dealmaking at the Toronto Film Festival: Anchor Bay Films has acquired Shawn Ku's drama "Beautiful Boy," while IFC has acquired U.S. rights to Werner Herzog's 3D documentary "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."
Herzog's film explores the Chauvet Pont-d'Arc cave in southern France, which holds the earliest known visions of mankind. Authorities have restricted access to the cave due to concerns that overexposure could damage the invaluable drawings, but Herzog was granted permission to film using special lights that emit no heat.
The History Channel already has the film's TV rights.
Erik Nelson and Adrienne Cuiffo produced "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," while Dave Harding, David McKillop, Julian P. Hobbs, Molly Thompson and Tabitha Jackson exec produced.
Nelson previously produced Herzog’s documentaries "Grizzly Man" and "Encounters at the End of the World."
IFC picked up James Gunn's dark comedy "Super" earlier in the festival.
As for "Beautiful Boy," Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group negotiated a seven-figure deal with Anchor Bay that includes a P&A commitment.
Michael Sheen and Maria Bello star as the parents of a college student who goes on a rampage, shooting some of his peers before killing himself.
First Point Entertainment's Lee Clay and Gold Rush Entertainment's Eric Gozlan produced the project, which has been gaining some awards buzz for its strong lead performances.
Lightning Entertainment is selling foreign rights to the film.
Anchor Bay recently acquired and released the indie dramedies "Solitary Man" and "City Island."