Pair nab rights to biopic
New Line and HBO specialty film label Picturehouse has acquired domestic rights to “La Vie En Rose,” a biopic of French chanteuse Edith Piaf.Pic follows Piaf’s rise from the slums of Paris to the limelight of New York while she struggled with her passionate romances and relationships with some of the greatest names of the 1940s and ’50s. PH grabbed the pic — which was being sold here off of its script and a promo reel — amidst peaked interest from rival divisions. World sales for the pic are handled by TF1 Intl. Pic stars Marion Cotillard (“A Very Long Engagement”) as Piaf, and Gerard Depardieu as Louis Leplee. Oliver Dahan wrote and directed the pic, which was produced by Legende’s Ilan Goldman. Deal was brokered by Picturehouse senior VP of acquisitions Sara Rose and New Line exec VP of business affairs and co-productions Carolyn Blackwood. Alexandra Rossi, VP of European/Latin American acquisitions and co-productions, based out of New Line’s London offices, brought the project to the attention of Picturehouse prexy Bob Berney and Rose. Picturehouse’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, preems May 27 at Cannes. Upcoming PH pics include Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, and “Fur,” starring Nicole Kidman.