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D Films Acquires Exclusive Canadian Rights to 'The Paperboy'

It was announced Wednesday that the media rights to The Paperboy, Lee Daniels’ star studded follow up to the Academy Award nominated Precious, were acquired by Toronto based distribution company D Films.

Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Pete Dexter, the film follows two journalists investigating the case of a death row inmate who they are convinced is innocent, hoping to expose the truth. But they soon find themselves in a dangerous situation, as nothing is black and white.

It seems fated that this project would end up on D Film’s roster, which previously included I Saw The Devil, I’m Still Here and more recently Tyrannosaur. They seem to gravitate towards daring projects that aim to provoke their viewers instead of mainstream fare. And although they have acquired many screen gems from acclaimed auteurs in the past, adding Lee Daniels to that list certainly can’t hurt. This is a case of the right project coming along at the right time.

The Paperboy stars Matthew McConaughey, Zach Effron, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman and will hit theatres later this year.

Toronto, Ontario – (January 18th, 2012) — D FILMS, Canada’s fastest growing motion picture distribution company, has acquired the exclusive, long term Canadian distribution rights in all media to THE PAPERBOY.  Lee Daniels’ eagerly anticipated follow-up to his Academy Award® nominated hit PRECIOUS, stars Matthew McConaughey (THE LINCOLN LAYWTER, KILLER JOE), Academy Award® Winner Nicole Kidman (THE HOURS), Zac Efron (ME AND ORSON WELLES, CHARLIE ST. CLOUD) and John Cusack (THE RAVEN).  The joint announcement was made today by D Films’ President and CEO, Jim Sherry and Millennium Entertainment’s President, Strategic Planning & Television, David Sobieraj.

Based on Pete Dexter’s critically acclaimed novel, THE PAPERBOY is the enthralling story of two brothers (Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron) investigating a case involving a death row inmate (John Cusack).  Convinced by a mysterious woman (Nicole Kidman) that the inmate is innocent, the brothers embark on a journey that is filled with betrayal.  THE PAPERBOY also costars David Oyelowo (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, THE HELP), Macy Gray (FOR COLORED GIRLS) and Scott Glenn (BOURNE LEGACY).

The drama, slated for release in 2012, is produced by Daniels, Nu Image, Inc./Millennium Films and Benaroya Pictures.

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Genevieve Walker

Toronto cinephile and lady about town.