Open Road Acquires ‘Nightcrawler’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

jakeginzodiacOver at the Cannes Film Festival, the movie sales are coming in hot and heavy. The latest film to be picked up for distribution is the thriller Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a freelance crime journalist and marks the directorial debut of scribe Dan Gilroy. Open Road Films will handle the flick, and with them also having Jon Stewart‘s debut Rosewater, they might very well be on their way to having a watershed 2014. You can read a bit more about the deal below, but stay tuned to see if Gyllenhaal and Nightcrawler wind up factoring into the awards race this year. It’s certainly an intriguing possibility.

Here’s the story from Variety:

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller “Nighcrawler,” also starring Rene Russo, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed.

The project marks the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, who wrote “Real Steel” and “The Bourne Legacy.” Gilroy’s script tells the story of a driven man, played by Gyllenhaal, who discovers the nocturnal world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles.

Gyllenhaal also produced along with Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Bold Films’ Chairman Michel Litvak and David Lancaster. Bold Films financed and its CEO Gary Michael Walters exec produced with Betsy Danbury.

Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales at Cannes.

“Nightcrawler” was shot in Los Angeles, starting in October. It’s been allocated a $2.3 million production tax credit from the state of California.

Open Road’s deal was negotiated by Tom Ortenberg, Elliott Kleinberg and Peter Lawson with WME, CAA and Miles Mogulescu on behalf of Bold Films.

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