Sony Classics finalizes ‘Tyson’ deal

Company picks up rights to doc, eyes 'Rudo'

Sony Pictures Classics has sealed a deal for North American rights to James Toback’s docu “Tyson,” unspooling in the Sundance Film Festival’s Spectrum section. SPC began talks to acquire the boxer’s portrait after its Cannes fest preem.

NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony will join the project as exec producer.

The distrib is also near a pact for U.S. rights to Carlos Cuaron’s dramedy “Rudo y Cursi,” ahead of its Sundance Film Festival world preem.

“Rudo y Cursi” reunites “Y tu mama tambien” stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna as two brothers who become rivals on the soccer field. Pic opened Dec. 19 in Mexico.

“Rudo y Cursi” is the first project to come out of Cha Cha Cha, the production shingle of helmers Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron, who is Carlos’ brother. Cha Cha Cha has a financing and distribution deal with Focus Features, which has all rights to the pic outside the U.S.

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