ThinkFilm goes global

Co. acquires worldwide rights to 'Event' pic

NEW YORK — ThinkFilm has acquired worldwide rights to Thom Fitzgerald’s “The Event,” an ensemble drama starring Parker Posey, Olympia Dukakis, Don McKellar, Sarah Polley, Jane Leeves and Brent Carter.

Acquisition, company’s eighth since its September launch, reps the first time ThinkFilm has taken worldwide rights to a pic and its first pre-buy.

“The Event” is lensing, with a targeted April 7 wrap date. Fitzgerald and Bryan Hofbauer are producing from an original screenplay by Fitzgerald, Tim Marback and Steven Hillyer. Hillyer, Vicki McCart and Robert Flutie are exec producers.

“Our initiative until now has been to stick with completed films and to restrict ourselves to U.S. or North American rights,” said ThinkFilm prexy Jeff Sackman. “But this script, combined with this array of talent, was impossible to resist.”

Sackman and Think VP of acquisitions and business affairs Randy Manis sealed the deal with Flutie after they read the script and saw footage.

“The Event” centers around a series of unexplained deaths in the gay community in New York’s Chelsea district. Posey plays a district attorney investigating the most recent, a suspicious suicide. Extensive flashbacks, triggered by her questions, reveal surprising facts about the man.

Fitzgerald’s directorial debut, “The Hanging Garden,” bowed at the Toronto film fest; followup “Beefcake” world preemed at Sundance.

ThinkFilm’s first release, Laurent Cantet’s French-lingo drama “Time Out” opened Friday in Gotham. Next up are Bart Freundlich’s “World Traveler,” Ismail Merchant’s “The Mystic Masseur” and Peter Care’s “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.”

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