Planeta helps Polanski’s ‘Pianist’

Producer-distrib nabs co-prod'n stake, rights

CANNES — Marking its promotion to Spain’s pic investors premier league, Spanish producer-distributor Planeta 2010 has taken a co-production stake in Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist.”

Planeta 2010 will take rights to Spain and Portugal in return for an unspecified minority financial investment.

Polanski’s $35 million semi-autobiographical pic now boasts a strong lineup of upscale Euro producers: StudioCanal’s Les Films Alain Sarde and Polanski’s banner R.P. Prods. in France, Germany’s Studio Babelsberg, Run Team in the U.K. and Poland’s Hermitage Films.

Planeta’s co-prod credit on “The Pianist” is a further step up in a steadily more aggressive acquisitions strategy.

At the American Film Market, Planeta 2010 acquired rights to 25 films, five for theatrical distribution, led by “Quicksand,” toplining Michael Caine and Michael Keaton.

Planeta 2010 is the film and TV arm of the Planeta, the largest book publisher in the Spanish-speaking world.

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