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Focus Features picked up rights to Neil Jordan’s thriller “Greta” following the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“Greta” stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert and is described as a film about female obsession. Jordan wrote and directed the film.
There were several companies interested in “Greta,” but Focus Features’ deal gives the distributor rights for the film in North America, Australia and China. Universal, Focus’ parent company, already has a deal for the U.K.
Reviews for “Greta” have largely been positive, with critics basking in the film’s fun tone.
“This is Jordan doing fun, schlocky horror, way beyond the high-toned horror he did in ‘Interview With the Vampire,'” wrote TheWrap’s Steve Pond. “And while the film wallows in the kind of silliness that makes you wonder just what the heck Isabelle Huppert is doing here, by the end it supplies an answer: She’s having fun, dammit, just like the audience at the [Ryerson Theatre in Toronto] did.”
Focus Features closed the deal for “Greta” early on Saturday morning after an all-night bidding battle in which CAA Media Finance and Endeavor Content represented the filmmakers.