UPDATE 5:29 p.m. PT: Lionsgate is not in the running at this time, as this post had previously indicated. The story and headline have been written through to reflect that.
A24, The Weinstein Co. and Focus were nearing the finish line on a deal in the low seven-figure range. Positive reaction and reviews touched off the multi-day auction that began after its weekend premiere.
Based on the José Saramago novel “The Double,” the thriller from Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies,” “Prisoners”), “Enemy” finds Gyllenhaal playing a college professor in a mundane life – until he spots his exact double playing a bit part in a movie. He tracks down the small-time actor (also played by Gyllenhaal), sparking a mutual obsession.
In his review for IndieWire, Rodrigo Perez noted the film’s “striking, sensual disposition simmering in the French-Canadian filmmaker’s engrossing Kafka-eque mindfuck cum provocative psychological thriller.”
Gyllenhaal was in Toronto for the Sunday premiere at the Ryerson Theatre — two days after he was on the Canadian red carpet for “Prisoners,” which he also made with Villeneuve. That film is being distributed by Warner Bros.