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ThinkFilm nabs rights to ‘Polanski’

Film unit to distribute Sundance documentary

ThinkFilm has scooped up domestic theatrical and homevid rights to hot Sundance doc “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” from HBO.

Marina Zenovich’s documentary about the scandal that led the legendary director to flee America into exile more than three decades ago was much sought after in Park City, with bidders that included Magnolia Pictures and ThinkFilm, and its acquisition was the first high-profile sale of the fest.

HBO ponied up nearly $1 million for the doc, and the Weinstein Co. took international rights. HBO’s initial output could prove a smart business deal between cable auds and ThinkFilm’s fee, which could be near the mid-six-figure range, an insider estimates.

“Wanted and Desired” will bow internationally in  the Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival. HBO will air the doc on June 9; ThinkFilm debuts the pic theatrically in Gotham on July 11.  

The film “serves as a stunning indictment of our tabloid-crazed culture,” said Think prexy Mark Urman. Coincidentally, Urman was interviewed by Zenovich as he had served as Polanski’s publicist for several years in the 1990s.

Doc was written by Zenovich, Joe Bini and P.G. Morgan and produced by Zenovich, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Lila Yacoub; Steven Soderbergh and Randy Wooten exec produced.

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