World rights (except the U.S.) to supernatural actioner “Legion” have been acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.
Pic, budgeted at $15 million to $20 million, is produced and financed by L.A.-based Bold Films, the company behind “Bobby.” U.K.-based Velvet Octopus brokered the pact, pegged at just south of $10 million.
Bold has domestic rights and is in talks with several domestic distribs, including the Sony group.
Pic marks the directing debut of Scott Stewart, who also co-scripted with Peter Schink. An ILM vet, Stewart co-founded SanFran-based f/x house the Orphanage, which has worked on a range of mega-pics such as “Sin City” or “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Simon Crowe, co-founder of Velvet Octopus, said “Legion” would have a combo of live-action physical effects and the densely digital look of “Sin City” or “300.”
Story concerns eight people who are stranded at a diner in the Mojave Desert on Christmas Eve due to a magnetic force that disables cars, phones and electricity.
Lara Thompson and Scott Shooman reeled the pic in for the Sony group.