Allen's latest heads to Spain; Manga closes on 'Companion'
Spanish distribber On Pictures has inked Spanish rights with Hanway on Woody Allen’s new London-set comedy “Scoop,” toplining Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackman.On Pics previously bought “Match Point” at Cannes. Deal forms part of a solid showing at Berlin by Spain’s mainstream distribs, thanks partly to new players On Pics and DeAPLaneta, and the recovery of Manga. At Berlin, On Pics finalized “Adrift” from Summit and two pics from Gaumont: B.O. hit “Je vous trouve tres beau,” and comedy “La Doublure,” directed by Francis Veber. Manga closed at Berlin on Robert Altman’s competish player “A Prairie Home Companion,” sold by Capitol, and Paul Verhoeven’s “Black Book” from Content. Company also bought TF1’s martial-arts hit “Tom Yum Goong” and “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance” from Korea’s Cinema Service. Acquisitions signal Manga’s emergence from financial straits that saw it scaling back pickups two years ago. “Our DVD distrib operation is holding up well. We’ve had success with ‘Good Night, and Good Luck,’ and we’ve got Spanish blockbuster ‘Torrente 3’ for DVD,” Manga prexy Luis de Val told Variety. Filmax picked up a clutch of undisclosed titles from habitual suppliers Nu Image and Lakeshore. TriPics, top Spanish indie in 2005, used the EFM to check out previously acquired titles and parley with Euro producers looking to co-produce Euro projects, TriPics VP Luis Ortiz said.