When Adam Levine and Keira Knightley graced the big screen at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIIF) in Can A Song Save Your Life? everyone wanted the rights to distribute it, that’s how good it was. However, The Weinstein Co. came on top.
The Wrap, a source familiar with the musical, said that a bidding war ensued, but Weinstein had come out the winner.
A person familiar with the talks said producers wanted $7 million minimum guarantee for US rights and got them. They were also asking for an additional $20 million for marketing costs.
The John Carney film premiered at the TIIF on Saturday night and the offers started coming almost immediately. Some big name are reported to have been interested including, CBS Films, Summit/Lionsgate, and Fox Searchlight.
Can A Song Save Your Life? is about Greta (Keira Knightley), a British musician who comes to New York to follow her dreams with boyfriend of five years and writing partner, Dave Khol (Adam Levine).
Things start going downhill for the aspiring star when one of his songs makes it big, after being featured in a movie. He cheats on Greta with a music executive.
Mark Ruffalo plays Dan Mulligan a veteran music industry executive who has become an alcoholic and discovers Greta, when she is pushed on stage by her friend Steve (James Corden).
The film is about the relationship between Greta and the two men who can change her life not only professionally, but personally.
According to a review from The Hollywood Reporter, the audience gave the film a long ovation and the cast and director John Carney stayed on after the presentation for a Q & A session.
There is no release date announced for the Adam Levine-Keira Knightley flick Can A Song Save Your Life? at this time.