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Wild Bunch takes ‘King’s Speech’

Distrib also nabs James Wan's 'Insidious'

PARIS — Wild Bunch has nabbed French distribution rights to Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech,” and has also taken German rights in partnership with Senator.

Pic, which stars Colin Firth as Britain’s King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as his speech therapist, won the audience prize at the Toronto Film Festival, and was picked up by the Weinstein Company in the U.S.

Jean-Philippe Tirel, Wild Bunch Distribution topper, said the pic will bow in France in February on some 300 prints.

Wild Bunch acquired German rights for Senator, which will handle the German release.

The outfit also has French and Germany distribution rights to another Toronto highlight, James Wan’s horror pic “Insidious,” which world preemed at the fest’s Midnight Madness program and closed a flurry of territories, including Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for domestic.

Wild Bunch kicked off the fall season in France with two B.O. hits, Alexandre Aja’s “Piranha 3D” and Bertrand Blier’s “The Clink of Ice,” which underscore the outfit’s eclecticism.

“Piranha 3D” took $4.1 million from 274 3D screens over four weeks.

“We marketed it as a ‘Jaws’ meets ‘American Pie’ rather than a pure horror film and we used social media and other web platforms to target young folk,” Tirel said.

An auteurish dark comedy, “The Clink of Ice” has grossed $4.8 million and continues to fill auditoria in its fifth week on release.

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