With the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival passed and just five more days of the festival to go, CBS Films has stepped forward for the third major acquisition, picking up the U.S. distribution rights to The F Word, the new romantic comedy from Canadian filmmaker Michael Dowse (Goon) starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.
In the movie, Radcliffe plays medical school dropout Wallace, a hopeless romantic who strikes up a friendship with an animator named Chantry (Kazan) who already has a boyfriend, played by Rafe Spall.
You can read the full press release from CBS Films below:
CBS Films announced today that it has acquired the U.S. rights to Michael Dowse’s THE F WORD which made its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival this week. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, and Mackenzie Davis. CBS Films’ Co-President Wolfgang Hammer and EVP of Acquisitions and Productions Scott Shooman made the joint announcement.
Directed by Michael Dowse (FUBAR, Goon) from a screenplay by Elan Mastai, THE F WORD is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), a hopeless romantic who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. Deciding to put his life on hold, Wallace strikes up a friendship with animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan) who lives with her boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry click immediately, becoming best friends; but with the chemistry between them, can that last?
No Trace Camping’s David Gross, Jesse Shapira and Jeff Arkuss produced the film along with Macdara Kelleher and Andre Rouleau. Hartley Gorenstein, Michael Dowse, Bryan Gliserman, Mark Costa, Ford Oelman, Marc Stephenson also served as Executive Producers, along with Patrice Theroux and Bryan Gliserman for Entertainment One, who co-financed the film. The screenplay is based on the play Toothpaste and Cigars by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi.
"This is a romantic comedy for a new generation that calls to mind classics like Say Anything and When Harry Met Sally,” said CBS Films Co-President Wolfgang Hammer.
Rena Ronson at UTA Independent Film Group and attorney Jamie Feldman negotiated the deal with CBS Films. Entertainment One Films International (eOne) handles worldwide rights to the film in all media, excluding the U.S. THE F WORD will be released by eOne in the UK and Canada. Michael Dowse, Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Mackenzie Davis and Rafe Spall are represented by UTA.