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Focus Features picks up Tom Ford's 'Nocturnal Animals' for $20 million

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In what is arguably the biggest deal (so far) at Cannes, Focus Features secured the worldwide rights to director Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals for $20 million. EW confirmed the initial Deadline report with the studio.

Nocturnal Animals is Ford’s first film since 2009’s A Single Man and will star Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams. It’s an adaptation of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel, Tony and Susan, and Ford plans to write, direct, and produce. The novel tells the story of Susan Morrow, an art gallery owner who reads the manuscript of her ex-husband’s novel. As Susan becomes entrenched in the life of the book’s protagonist, a math professor on vacation with his family, she also starts starts interpreting it as a thinly veiled threat and revenge story. 

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