Sony seduced by ‘Chloe’

Moore, Neeson starrer to be released in 2010

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has picked up U.S. rights to Atom Egoyan’s “Chloe,” starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried.

Film bowed in a Gala slot at the Toronto Film Festival last month.

Scripted by Erin Cressida Wilson (“Secretary”), the sexually charged suspenser involves a woman who doubts her husband’s fidelity and enlists a seductive girl to test him, leading to dangerous consequences.

Montecito Picture Co.’s Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck and Jeffrey Clifford produced.

“Chloe” was fully financed by Paris-based StudioCanal, which will distribute the film in France and in the U.K. and Germany through its wholly owned affiliates, Optimum Releasing and Kinowelt, respectively.

StudioCanal also sold territorial rights to distribs around the globe, including to E1 in Canada, Eagle in Italy, Pony Canyon in Japan, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Mars in South Korea, Gussi in Mexico and Playarte in Brazil.

“This really has been a huge title for us since we launched sales in Berlin,” said StudioCanal’s Harold van Lier. “We were able to see a full return on our investment via presales, which is a huge win in today’s environment.”

After Toronto, where it played to mixed reactions from buyers and critics, “Chloe” opened the San Sebastian Film Festival. It will also unspool at the London fest this month.

Pic’s Stateside theatrical release is planned for the first half of 2010.

It’s unclear which entity may handle the theatrical release. Under the SPWAG business model, an acquisition could be released through any Sony label or through a partner outside the studio.

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