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    Miramax buys rights to 'Blindness'

    Drama coincidentally shooting in Toronto

    By Dade Hayes
    Variety
    September 9, 2007

    Miramax has bought domestic rights to Fernando Mireilles' "Blindness."

    The pic is currently shooting in Toronto, so execs made the announcement while in town for the festival. The cost is understood to be in the $5 million range.

    Miramax topper Daniel Battsek has a history with Mireilles, having released "City of God" to strong B.O. In the U.K.

    Focus, which scored with the Brazilian helmer's "The Constant Gardener" in 2005, is handling the film internationally.

    In the story, when a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city, a small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine. The film is based on Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago's book.

    The script is by Don McKellar, who won a Tony for "The Drowsy Chaperone." It stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal.
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: Miramax buys rights to 'Blindness'

    That should be awesome. That book is one of the best books I have ever read. You made my day, ALIASd. As always!


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      Re: Miramax buys rights to 'Blindness'

      A $5 million dollar budget? Nice, so it still can be done. I'll be looking forward to seeing this.

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        Re: Miramax buys rights to 'Blindness'

        Originally posted by TiaDalmaFan View Post
        A $5 million dollar budget? Nice, so it still can be done. I'll be looking forward to seeing this.
        It was a $5 million price tag to purchase the rights not to produce the film.
        They'd have to utilized paper dolls, cardboard cutouts & PhotoMat to process the film for a measly five million in this day and age for a feature.....
        "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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          Re: Miramax buys rights to 'Blindness'

          Originally posted by Nancywitt View Post
          That should be awesome. That book is one of the best books I have ever read. You made my day, ALIASd. As always!
          Thanks, what a cast too!
          "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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