3D epic sold at Cannes for the U.K., Japan, Spain, Australia, other territories
Universal Pictures Intl. went on a shopping spree Monday on the Croisette, snapping up rights to select major territories for P.J. Hogan’s Tony Collette comedy “Mental” and Relativity Media’s 3D epic adventure “Immortals.”UPI picked up “Mental” from Arclight Films, and will release the pic in the U.K., Australia — Hogan’s home — and New Zealand. UPI will release “Immortals” in U.K., Japan, Spain and Australia. Additional territories tied down by UPI for distribution are New Zealand, Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong. “Mental” is being produced by Jerry and Janet Zucker, Todd Fellman and Jocelyn Moorhouse. The Zuckers produced Doug Liman’s “Fair Game,” which bows in competition Thursday. Hogan begins lensing “Mental” in Australia in January. Pic reunites him with Collette for the first time since “Muriel’s Wedding.” CAA packaged “Mental” and is handling North American rights. Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media will distribute “Immortals” domestically through its Rogue label. Relativity holds down a slate financing deal at Universal that sees the company co-financing 10-15 films a year through 2014. Helmed by Tarsem Singh (“The Fall,” “The Cell”), “Immortals” (aka “War of the Gods”) features a Greek mythology smackdown between young warrior Theseus who leads his men into battle with evil elder gods of the Titans, in order to save mankind. Shooting in Montreal, “Immortals” toplines Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff and Luke Evans. Isabel Lucas, Kellan Lutz, Joseph Morgan and Freida Pinto co-star with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke. Kavanaugh, Gianni Nunnari of Hollywood Gang Prods. and Mark Canton of Atmosphere Ent. produce “Immortals.” The international distribution arm of Universal, UPI co-produces or acquires territories on titles to supplement Universal’s inhouse productions, bolstering its distribution slate. In April, it acquired distribution rights to Germany and Spain on David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” while inking to distribute Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s “Intruders” internationally. “Heartbreaker,” one of UPI’s first Gallic co-productions, is the highest-grossing French film of the year, making $26 million through early May in France. Diana Lodderhose contributed to this report.