Focus Features has taken over Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers, a drama that reunites the director with the main character of Sideways Paul Giamatti.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Focus has acquired the worldwide rights to the Miramax image, excluding the Middle East. Purchased the Holdovers project at the Toronto Film Festival as part of an informal event The main festival lineup outside the market.
Written by David Hemingson and featuring in the background, saw Giamatti play the role of Paul Hunham, a nasty professor who stayed at the academy over the Christmas break, Only to find himself in trouble for a 72 year old student.
sideways , in 2002 was released, received five Oscar nominations, including a win for Payne’s adaptation of the screenplay, and brought $72 domestic box office million. The comedy also sent shockwaves through Santa Barbara’s wine and tourism industries.
Payne also won Best Adapted Screenplay for 2011’s The Descendants Award and directed Downsizing starring Matt Damon. His other screen credits include Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1970) and on Schmidt (2002).
Jammati for his work in 2006 boxing drama Oscar nominated Cinderella Man,
also in Netflix’s Private Life and Drama with Kathryn Hahn (opposite star) I think we’re alone and the catcher is a spy.
The actor who starred in Dwayne Johnson Jungle Cruise , starred in the financial drama Billions with Damian Lewis.
The Wrap was the first to report on the acquisition of The Wrap stay.