New Chris Rock Film Prompts Bidding War At Toronto Film Fest
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the closely-watched film festivals that take place during the course of the year. And at this year’s event, Chris Rock’s new comedy, Top Five, seems to be burning it up.
Rock wrote, directed, and starred in the new flick, about a comedian, Andre Allen, at life’s crossroads. The main character is a recovering alcoholic who is attempting to be taken seriously with a movie centered around the Haitian slave rebellion. At the same time, he is getting ready for his wedding to a reality TV star (Gabrielle Union), which will be televised. Talk about contrast.
Top Five entered the festival sans a distributor; but it has a power list of producers–mega producer Scott Rudin, media exec Barry Diller along with Jay Z, and Kanye West. It was such a hit at the festival, there was a bidding war with Paramount coming out the victor for the rights to the movie, paying in the $12.5 million range. There will also be $20 million spent on marketing. This will make it one of the largest acquisitions ever at TIFF.
Because of the buzz, Vulture has made a top five list of things you should know about Rock’s latest.
–“The movie’s title refers to a debate about the all-time greatest hip-hop artists; Andre’s list is Rock’s in a slightly different order: Jay Z, Nas, Scarface, Rakim, Biggie, and LL Cool J, because everyone always asks for six,” reports the site.
–Tracy Morgan, still in a wheelchair following a serious car accident, is in it. So prepare for some heartrending and possible tearing up.
–Rock offers in the credits “the greatest slam from a fake film critic ever: ‘I wouldn’t see it if it was playing in my glasses.'”
–Hmm. There are some feather-related sex scenes.
–And even more curious. “You will never think of tampons the same way again,” says Vulture.
–“Because everyone always gives six! You will hear a very plausible theory on where Tupac is, but only if you’re willing to watch every Tyler Perry movie when you leave the theater in order to follow up on it,” concludes Vulture.
Sounds like it might be pretty funny!
*This story has been updated to reflect that the deal has closed.