Comedy pays, well at least if you’re Chris Rock. Turns out that after a bidding war on his newest film ‘Top 5’ Paramount has reportedly stepped in with 12.5 Million to take the film off of Chris’s hands.
Just a few days ago, there was nothing but reports lamenting the lack of any breakout independent films that distributors were heavily bidding for, at the Toronto International Film Festival. All that changed when Chris Rock’s new comedy “Top Five,” which he also wrote and directed, premiered a few days ago, and got nothing but rave reviews, collectively suggesting that it’s the best work Rock has ever done in film, and that he had become a filmmaker to watch from here-on. Overnight, the film became the focus of a frenzied bidding war, with CBS Films, Lionsgate, Relativity, Sony, Fox Searchlight, and Open Road, all vying for distribution rights to it. However, in a surprise move, Deadline Hollywood is now reporting that Paramount has stepped up to the front of the line, with a $12.5 million offer for worldwide rights to the film, and that it could possibly go for more, making it the biggest film acquisition ever made at TIFF.