After Bidding War, Paramount in Talks to Acquire Chris Rock’s 'Top Five' for $12.5 Million
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After Bidding War, Paramount in Talks to Acquire Chris Rock’s 'Top Five' for $12.5 Million

nullFunny how things

change in an instant.

Just a few

days ago, there was nothing but reports lamenting the lack of any breakout independent

films that distributors were heavily bidding for, at the Toronto International Film

Festival.

All

that changed when Chris Rock’s new comedy "Top Five," which he also wrote and

directed, premiered a few days ago, and got nothing but rave reviews, collectively suggesting that it’s the best work Rock has ever done in film, and that he had become a filmmaker to watch from here-on.

Overnight, the film became

the focus of a frenzied bidding war, with CBS Films, Lionsgate, Relativity, Sony, Fox Searchlight, and Open Road, all vying for distribution rights to it.

However, in

a surprise move, Deadline Hollywood is now reporting (HERE) that Paramount has stepped

up to the front of the line, with a $12.5 million offer for worldwide rights to the film, and that it could possibly go for more, making it the biggest film acquisition ever made at TIFF.

Not

surprisingly, connections helped a lot since Rock is a long time friend of Paramount

chief Brad Grey, and they’re all friends with the film’s producers and financiers, Barry Diller and Scott Rudin.

As they say,

it’s not what at you know, or who you know, but who knows you.

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