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Col open for ’24 Hours’

Senator completes o'seas distrib deals for pic

Columbia Pictures has acquired U.K., French, Italian and Scandinavian rights to the Luis Mandoki thriller “24 Hours” from Senator Intl. Pic stars Charlize Theron, Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love and Stuart Townsend.

Senator Intl. has also completed deals for the film in South Africa with Nu Metro, Central Partnership for CIS, Vision for Eastern Europe and Sam Film in Iceland.

Columbia Pictures already holds North American rights to the pic as well as overseas territories Spain, Latin America, Benelux, Asia excluding Japan, Greece, Portugal, Middle East and Turkey.

Mandoki, whose directing credits include “Angel Eyes” and “Message in a Bottle,” is also producing “24 Hours” with Mimi Polk-Gitlin.

Currently in post-production, the film was written by Don Roos (“The Opposite of Sex,” “Single White Female”) and Greg Iles based on the latter’s novel of the same name. Story concerns a physician and his wife who take matters into their own hands when their daughter is abducted.

“Hours” was fully financed by Senator Entertainment, which produces with Mark Canton’s production company, the Canton Co., Propaganda Films and Mandolin Entertainment.

Pic is the first feature greenlit under Senator’s joint venture with the Warner Bros.-based Canton Co. as well as the first feature under Mandoki’s first look deal with Propaganda. Canton, Neil Canton, Hanno Huth, Glen Ballard and Rick Hess share exec producing credits, with Carsten Lorenz and Nathan Kahane as co-producers.

“It is always rewarding to work with Columbia, and they are deeply committed to the film’s success in the U.S. and overseas, so it is a perfect fit that they take on more of the world,” said Senator Intl. prexy Joe Drake.

“As a new company, we want to establish Senator as a destination for first-class theatrical feature films, and I think we went a long way at Cannes in establishing that position,” he added.

Senator Intl., the newly launched sales and distribution arm of Senator Entertainment, has completed major territory deals on the German box office hit “Das Experiment,” starring Moritz Bleibtreu, and teen horror pic “The Pool.”

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