Among other sources, Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Meryl's recently completed film Florence Foster Jenkins. The shopping grounds were in full swing at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, where a portion of the picture was screened last night for potential buyers. No word on how much was forked over in the deal. Apparently it was one of the hottest prospects at the festival. Directed by the great Stephen Frears, Hugh Grant also stars. Paramount has not announced exactly when it plans to release the film in cinemas in the U.S., but 2016 seems likely.
Sort of related, also purchased at TIIF this weekend was the movie Miss Sloane, set to be funded by EuropaCorp and ready for production in 2016. I'm including info on this because the film, to star Jessica Chastain, is evidently about a lobbyist pushing for stricter gun control laws. This description sounds very similar to a film Harvey Weinstein claimed he wanted to make with Meryl last year entitled The Senator's Wife. I have been unable to find any info on whether or not this is the same script or completely unrelated. Regardless, if Miss Sloane ultimately comes to fruition, I don't imagine Meryl being involved in a project that so closely resembles it anytime soon.