Adds Oz, NZ, others to territories

Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled out of the $27 million actioner “Wing Commander,” but 20th Century Fox has stepped in and vacuumed up all of SPE’s territories.

Fox, which previously owned U.S. and U.K. rights, has added Australia, New Zealand, the Benelux, South Africa and Latin America to its haul. Patrick Wachsberger’s Summit Entertainment is handling sales in the rest of the world.

There was no clear indication as to why SPE had pulled out of the film, although sources pointed to casting disagreements between it and the film’s other backers.

“Commander’s” ensemble cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”), Matthew Lillard (“Scream”), Saffron Burrows, Tcheky Karyo, Jurgen Prochnow and David Suchet.

Pic, which is based on the computer game of the same name, is the directorial debut of game creator Chris Roberts. Roberts’ Texas-based entertainment company Digital Anvil has optioned the rights to the first four installments of the “Wing Commander” series from the game’s distributor, Origin Systems.

“Commander” is being produced by No Prisoners Management’s Todd Moyer and executive produced by No Prisoners’ Jean-Martial Lefranc and Carousel Picture Co’s Romain Schroeder.

Carousel owns film studios in its native Luxembourg. The film began shooting there on Feb. 15.

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