Searchlight Aggressively Pursuing World Rights to Olivia Wilde’s ‘Perfect’ at Efm

Searchlight Pictures has emerged as the frontrunner for the Olivia Wilde-directed gymnastics movie “Perfect,” amid a days-long bidding war out of Berlin’s Efm.Variety understands that the studio is ‘heavily pursuing’ world rights to the hot title — one of a crop of female-led projects at the market — with A24 and Warner Bros.

also in the picture.

The deal hasn’t yet closed.The feature tells the story of American gymnast Kerri Strug and is based upon her memoir, written with John P.

Lopez, “Landing On My Feet, A Diary of Dreams.”The film follows her career-defining performance at the 1996 Olympics, when the 18-year-old Strug executed her routine on a severely injured ankle to help the gymnastics team to its first gold medal.The “Booksmart” director presented the film to buyers in Berlin on Wednesday and was immediately met with an enthusiastic response.

Talks began in earnest with a

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