Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams Sells for $20 Million to Focus Features

Cannes 2015: Focus has Universal backing in the acquisition

Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Tom Ford’s forthcoming thriller “Nocturnal Animals.” Lead by Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, Universal will handle international distribution with Focus taking the lead stateside.

Rights sold for roughly $20 million, an individual close to the negotiations told TheWrap. Ford, who will write, direct and produce the film through his production company Fade to Black, personally presented his vision to buyers in Cannes.

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Based on the Austin Wright novel “Tony And Susan,” the script follows an art gallery owner who is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel manuscript, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and symbolic tale of revenge. Production is scheduled for fall.

“Tom’s vision for his film is unique and inspiring and something that global audiences will be thrilled by,” Focus CEO Peter Schlessel said.”Tom has proven his prowess as a filmmaker and this romantic tale of revenge and regret will be a fantastic addition to our slate.”

Focus acquisitions head Lia Buman and VP of Business Affairs Beth Lemberger negotiated on behalf of the studio, which also included Peter Kujawski, Managing Director of Universal Pictures International Productions. CAA and FilmNation sold the film on behalf of the filmmaker

The Scene at Cannes 2015: Red Carpet Premieres and Beyond (Updating Photos)

  • Miranda Kerr at the Magnum 'Pink and Black' party

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  • Sienna Miller at the Hollywood Reporter and Swarovski party

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  • Michelle Rodriguez at the Hollywood Reporter and Swarovski party

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  • Salma Hayek attends the Premiere of 'Il Racconto Dei Racconti' ('Tale Of Tales') 

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  • Julianne Moore attends Premiere of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' 

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  • Actor Sean Penn and Actress Charlize Theron attend the premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" 

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  • Michelle Rodriguez attends Premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" 

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  • Naomi Watts attends Premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" 

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  • Jane Seymour attends Premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" 

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  • Zoe Kravitz attends Premiere of 'Mad "Max: Fury Road" 

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  • Actress Fan Bingbing attends Premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" 

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  • Sophie Marceau attends Premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" 

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  • Jury members Ethan Coen, Sophie Marceau, Rossy de Palma, Guillermo del Toro, Rokia Traore, Xavier Dolan, Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal and Joel Coen 

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  • Actress Natalie Portman and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

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  • Natalie Portman brings her directorial debut, "A Tale of Love and Darkness" to Cannes this year. 

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  • Jury member Sienna Miller.

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  • Actress Julianne Moore.

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  • Actress Lupita Nyong'o.

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  • Actress and stye icon Fan Bingbing. 

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  • Un Certain Regard jury head Isabella Rossellini. 

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  • Bar Rafaeli attends the opening ceremony and premiere of "La Tete Haut" 

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  • Naomi Watts attends the opening ceremony and premiere of "La Tete Haut" 

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  • Models Doutzen Kroes and Karlie Kloss attend the Opening Ceremony dinner.

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  • Actress Jane Seymour attends the Opening Ceremony dinner.

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  • French actress Frederique Bel attends the Opening Ceremony. 

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Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Catherine Deneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal light up the Croisette

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