Martin Scorsese’s in-progress docu about the Rolling Stones has struck a chord in Japan. Major distrib Tohokushinsha Film Corp. paid low seven figures for the untitled pic, which Fortissimo is handling in international territories.
Pic, which has been one of the few genuine standouts in an otherwise deadly slow American Film Market, will be released in North America by Paramount in the fourth quarter next year.
Fortissimo closed a sale for Portugal with Films Lusomundo and is evaluating multiple offers in Spain, Italy, Australia/New Zealand, the U.K., Benelux, Israel, Scandinavia, Mexico and Turkey.
It is financed by Steve Bing’s Shangri-La Entertainment and longtime Stones tour promoter Michael Cohl’s Concert Prods. Intl.
Producers are Victoria Pearman, Cohl, Zane Weiner and Bing. Exec producers are Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, with Jane Rose as co-exec producer.
Over the weekend, Hong Kong-based Fortissimo also took on rights to “Mama’s Boy” from Warner Independent Pictures. Tim Hamilton’s edgy comedy concerns a 29-year-old slacker who lives with his mom. Pic starring Diane Keaton, Jeff Daniels, Jon Heder and Anna Faris is skedded for a summer 2007 release in North America through WIP.