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TOM’S NEW DEAL: On Tuesday, word broke that Tom Ford would be getting his first movie, “A Single Man,” distributed by the Weinstein Co. Said to have been in on the hunt (and perhaps bidding against Harvey Weinstein’s company) were Focus Features and Summit, though Nikki Finke reported on her newly named Deadline.com blog Wednesday that Weinstein was the only one to have made a formal offer. In the end, it went for a reported $1 million to $2 million.
Whatever the behind the scenes were, Weinstein could not have sounded more excited about acquiring the film when he spoke about it with WWD on Wednesday afternoon outside the Marchesa presentation in West Chelsea. (His wife, Georgina Chapman, is the label’s co-founder and designer.) “I’ve known Tom 10 years and he’s extraordinary,” Weinstein said. “And I am happy to say that I am one of the first people who told him and Bryan Lourd [Ford’s agent and longtime friend] that I thought he’d make a great director, and we even talked about doing something together.”
Further, he said anyone who was expecting some sort of on-screen design piece without emotion was going to be caught off guard by the seriousness and depth of the material.
“This is a deeply personal work, and I think people who were expecting one thing are going to be pleasantly surprised at how good the performances are, how deeply felt the material is, and the way that Tom wrote the dialogue and adapted the Christopher Isherwood novel,” Weinstein said.
He concluded: “I think the movie has tremendous Oscar potential. Wouldn’t it be great to see Tom Ford at the Oscars? It’d be one of the best-looking Oscars ever.”
— Jacob Bernstein