Focus drawn to magnetic storyline

Sales, distrib rights secured for Black laffer

Focus Features Intl. — headed by U.K.-based Alison Thompson — has scooped up overseas sales and distrib rights to writer-helmer Michel Gondry’s upcoming “Be Kind Rewind” starring Jack Black.

Pics stars Black as a man who becomes accidentally magnetized while trying to sabotage a power plant. His magnetic field erases all the tapes in the video store where his best friend works. To save the store, the duo re-enact and re-film every movie that its single loyal customer, an elderly woman, rents.

Georges Bermann — who previously produced Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “The Science of Sleep” — is producing “Rewind,” via the Partizan label.

Focus previously released “Eternal Sunshine” and “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.” Focus is handling overseas rights on Pedro Almodovar’s Cannes entry “Volver,” Christophe Gans’ “Silent Hill” and the Jet Li vehicle “Fearless.”

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