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DreamWorks Picks Up Allen's Match Point

Woody Allen's best-reviewed film in years, "Match Point," has secured a distribution deal with DreamWorks. The Hollywood Reporter says DreamWorks purchased distribution rights for $4 million, significantly less than the $10 million Allen and his producers were initially seeking.

"Match Point" is a major break from Allen's norm: It's a drama/love-story/thriller set in London. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Alexander") and Scarlett Johansson, "Point" follows a tennis instructor (Rhys Meyers) who marries into a wealthy family, but musses up his relationship by launching into an affair.

The change of pace and style appears to have suited Allen well. "Point" was critically lauded at the recent Cannes Film Festival, where it screened out of competition.

Release dates for "Match Point" have not been announced. DreamWorks plans on pushing the film as an Oscar contender, so a summer or fall premiere is likely. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on June 1, 2005 10:57 AM
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