Focus Features picks up Jean-Marc Vallee’s ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

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Apr 26th, 2013

NEW YORK — Focus Features has picked up the domestic and Latin American distribution rights to Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Dallas Buyers Club,” Focus CEO James Schamus and Focus president Andrew Karpen said Tuesday.

currently in post-production, has been acquired by Focus Features for domestic theatrical release in the second half of 2013. The company has also acquired Latin American rights to the feature. Focus CEO James Schamus and Focus president Andrew Karpen made the announcement today.

A Truth Entertainment production, “Dallas Buyers Club” is produced by Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter. Spirit Award winner Matthew McConaughey stars in the fact-based drama for director Jean-Marc Vallée (“The Young Victoria”). The film’s original screenplay is by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack.

In “Dallas Buyers Club,” Mr. McConaughey portrays real-life Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, an ordinary man who found himself in a life-or-death battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies. In 1986, Ron was blindsided by being diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. With the U.S. still internally divided over how to combat the virus and restricting medications, Ron grabbed hold of non-toxic alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, he established a “buyers club,” which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.

The cast of “Dallas Buyers Club” also includes Gotham Independent Film Award winner Jared Leto and Golden Globe Award winner Jennifer Garner. The movie’s executive producers are Truth Entertainment’s Tony Notargiacomo and Joe Newcomb; Nicholas Chartier; Cassian Elwes; Logan Levy; Nathan Ross; and Holly Wiersma.

“I’m extremely pleased that we are partnered with Focus Features,” Vallée said. “They have a long and successful history of sharing memorable stories.”

The film is currently in post-production. It’s slated for release later this year.

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Robsherdolan
Robsherdolan

I love james bond, all the action and laughs!!!

Wt Walters52
Wt Walters52

Spy kids because it the first spy movie I ever saw.lol.

John K
John K

would have to agree with many others _ Three Days Of The Condor.

Harkin4
Harkin4

My favorite spy thriller are the Bourne trilogys. They are very exciting and action packed. They left me on the edge of my seat and there were three of them to enjoy...so triple the suspense!

hminnesota
hminnesota

Mine is "Spy game" Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. I love them both and I can watch that any time.

Dena
Dena

Mission Impossible becuse i love tom i try to get all of his movies

Bing
Bing

My favorite is Mission Impossible because it's action packed and thrilling, keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout the movie.

Joe M.
Joe M.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) It is my favorite spy spy thriller because it has the action, suspense ,intelligence.    

Libraryranger
Libraryranger

I love North by Northwest.  It's gripping and edge-of-your-seat viewing!

Abel
Abel

2002 The Bourne Identity great spy vs spy action.

Donna W.
Donna W.

My favorite spy movie is The Russia House starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer. My fondness for spy novels started as a young girl with Nancy Drew Books. Then I grew up into a strong James Bond fan with Sean Connery being my favorite Bond.  His acting in The Russia House was supberb and the story line was interesting and not predictable, even though a little hard to follow, which kept me paying close attention the entire 2 hours.  And it had some romance thrown in and a happy ending.  Entertainment value - priceless!

Dan
Dan

My favorites are Casino Royale(with Daniel Craig) and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Kelly Krie
Kelly Krie

 John Grisham's The Broker.  By the end I  loved this guy.

Jj chapon
Jj chapon

For me its "Three Days Of The Condor". To see how spies turn on each other to protect agendas.

Kathryn C
Kathryn C

My favorite spy thriller is the made-for-tv movie *Sword of Gideon* which is based on Israel's counteractions against the terrorists responsible for the  tragedy at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich.  It is an edge-of-your seat film which takes me on a heart-stopping cat & mouse chase through several cities in Europe.  I love the camaraderie between the team members assigned to this task of avenging Israel. Great cast of actors!  Not to be missed- You may have seen the remake  *Munich* but in my opinion, it is not as good as the original Sword of Gideon  

Mike S
Mike S

My favorite spy thriller is Mr. and Mrs. Smith because it combines humor with spy tactics in a wonderfully produced action packed movie.  Brad and Angelina make a great pair on screen.

Donna L
Donna L

I like the movie "  Inception ".

Socialjag
Socialjag

Salt is my favorite spy thriller

Hugh Partridge
Hugh Partridge

I read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy 30 years ago and it has remained one of my favorite spy thrillers.  I love the amount of detail with which John  Le Carre wrote.  I've never been a spy, so I'm only guessing, but I feel it was more realistic than many other works in the genre. I don't think people involved in the world of espionage would go around blowing things up and shooting at each other all the time.

shanaprize
shanaprize

i like the bond movies b/c they're action-packed

Hayley
Hayley

My favorite spy movie would have to be Alfred Hitchock's 'Notorious." Ingrid Bergman is perfect in her role as a reluctant spy. This movie has a little bit of everything- thrills, romance, drama, humor. The chemistry between Bergman and Cary Grant is electric. Claude Rains plays his part well as usual, and the sweeping camera angles and music just add to the overall feel. I could watch this one over and over.

Steven Wenzel
Steven Wenzel

I really liked No Way Out with Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman because of the twists.

Asher Grossman
Asher Grossman

"Mission: Impossible" is my favorite spy thriller of all time. It was back when Tom Cruise was awesome instead of crazy, and the plot is just so insane and intricate you really felt like you were in the mix with everyone else. I think spy thrillers should be confusing and that one takes the cake!

Kelly Nicholson
Kelly Nicholson

"Three days of the condor" because that movie was well ahead of its time,and I hear it's being remade... im a facebook fan

Kathleen Downes
Kathleen Downes

My favorite spy thriller is North by Northwest. Alfred Hitchcock was a master at suspense and this was one of his best films. Cary Grant is mistaken by enemy spies as a US undercover agent and is chased across the US. My favorite scene is on top of Mount Rushmore. It's so suspenseful and just a classic movie.

Frank Pierce
Frank Pierce

My favorite spy thriller has always been From Russia With Love. It's the best of the Bond series by far. The setting in Turkey, the Orient Express, the back-stabbing, this movie just has it ALL! Also it reminds me of my childhood. I used to watch this movie about once a month with my dad. It was his all time favorite movie.

Ronald Oliver
Ronald Oliver

Thanks for the opportunity to be able to participate in the 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' prize pack contest! I have submitted my entry on your Facebook wall, under the contest post. Again, thanks!

Barbara Davis
Barbara Davis

I actually have 2 favorite spy thrillers: "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold"-another John Le Carre novel- made into a very chilling film; Richard Burton stars in this lean, intimate, raw, edgy "double-agent"-double-cross story, stunning black and white cinematography captures the mood of the Cold War, full of intrigue, intimacy, and great characters. You never know what will happen next. The "nothing-is-as it-seems"-essence of a great spy novel is     captured superbly in this Le Carre novel   2) "Eye of the Needle"- a page turner WWII spy story pitting an unhappily married British couple against a seasoned Nazi spy who washes ashore near their remote cottage on the coast. A love triangle magnifies the intensity of this thrilling deception when the wife begins an affair with the cunning and manipulating spy in her own home. Gripping in revelations and cliff-hanging turns of near-detection, the amazing climax brings a balance of action and emotion. The film starred Donald Sutherland-- one of his best.   Barbara Davis, Zephyr Productions [email protected]

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