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Pic deals still popping from AFM market

Constantin picks up 'Mary Queen of Scots'

Deals are still shaking out from the American Film Market, which wrapped Wednesday.

Constantin Film has picked up German rights to Scarlett Johansson starrer “Mary Queen of Scots” from 2929 Intl. while Spanish distributor DeAPlaneta has taken all Spanish rights on Paul Haggis’ Iraq drama “In the Valley of Elah.”

DeAPlaneta closed the deal with Summit Entertainment.

“Elah” turns on a man (Tommy Lee Jones) whose son mysteriously dies after returning to the U.S. from Iraq. Charlize Theron plays a police detective who helps him investigate the death.

Haggis writes, directs and produces the pic, now in pre-production. Project is inspired by Mark Boal’s Playboy magazine article.

DeAPlaneta added one other title at the AFM: Frank Oz’s comedy “Death at a Funeral,” bought from New York-based Kimmel Intl.

Like most Spanish mainstream buyers at this AFM, DeAPlaneta’s acquisitions policy was cautious due to the tough local market, hit badly by P2P piracy, contracting theatrical windows, wilting DVD turnover and limited sales to TV.

Meanwhile, “Mary Queen of Scots,” a $30 million historical epic produced by Alexandra Milchan, Donna Gigliotti and Melanie Johansson, is in pre-production. Script is by “Cracker” scribe Jimmy McGovern.

Lensing is skedded to start next spring, with a theatrical release set for 2008.

Constantin also secured German rights to Diane English’s remake of George Cukor’s screwball comedy “The Women.” Principal photography is due to start in January. Inferno inked the deal.

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