Dimension Films, Miramax’s genre division run by Miramax co-chairman Bob Weinstein, has acquired Gallic action adventure “Dobermann” from Studio Canal Plus.
Dimension has picked up U.S., English Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and Hong Kong rights to the $8 million debut feature from Jan Kounen.
The film stars Vincent Cassel as the title character — the leader of a dangerous gang with a taste for bank heists — with Tcheky Karyo as a corrupt cop determined to end Dobermann’s career and life.
The deal was inked between Studio Canal Plus’ international sales head, Daniel Marquet, and Miramax senior VP of acquisitions and co-production Agnes Mentre.
Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein got to see the pic 1-1/2 times at Cannes. He arrived late for the first screening, so Studio Canal Plus ran the pic again, rather than have any decision made without the Miramax topper having seen the complete pic.
“Dobermann” was scripted by Joel Houssin and is produced by Frederique Dumas and Mark Bachet of Noe Prods. and Eric Neve of La Chauve-souris. Studio Canal Plus is co-producing the project.