Fox Searchlight has become one of the main distributors of quality independent films within the last few years. It’s no surprise that they have recently acquired a the much buzzed about film, Crazy Heart. According to Variety, Searchlight paid seven figures to own the distribution rights to the film that stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeff Bridges, Colin Farrell, and Robert Duvall.
Crazy Heart centers on an aging country singer (Bridges) and his developing relationship with a reporter (Gyllenhaal), who gives him creative inspiration. She also helps him deal with the competition and rise of his protege (Farrell). Robert Duvall stars as Bridges mentor in the film, which marks the feature directing debut of Scott Cooper. Cooper also wrote the screenplay for the film which is based off of a novel by Thomas Cobb. T-Bone Burnett (Walk the Line) will produce original music for Crazy Heart, no surprise there.
I love the fact that Colin Farrell has taken a step back from starring in blockbuster films. What was the last one he did, Miami Vice? Since then he’s been in a lot of small budget films, which I think allows him and the audience to focus more on his acting than anything else. I think he’s going in the right direction with his projects. He did end up winning a Golden Globe last year for his work in the indie comedy, In Brudges.
What do you think of the line up for Crazy Heart?