Studio sells 'Springs' to most major markets
Lionsgate Intl. has sold most major markets on “Great Hope Springs,” the Meryl Streep-Steve Carell marital comedy.Deals concluded during Cannes include Alliance for the U.K. and Spain, Roadshow for Australia, Wild Bunch for Germany and Italy, Metropolitan for France, Nu Metro for South Africa, Mis Label for Scandinavia, Ascot Elite for Switzerland, Daisy for South Korea, Golden Scene for Hong Kong, Star Entertainment for India, Cinesky for airlines and E1 for Benelux. Other territories include Feel Good for Greece, Pris for Portugal, Sam Film for Iceland, West for CIS, Acme for the Baltics, Mediapro for Czech, Hungary and Romania, Forum for Israel and Bulgaria, Media Max for Turkey, Gulf for the Middle East, Sahamongkol for Thailand, PT Amero for Indonesia, Pioneer for the Philippines and Cathay for Singapore. Sony bought the U.S. rights on Sunday. “Great Hope Springs,” to be directed by David Frankel, centers on a middle-aged couple who, after 30 years of marriage, attend an intense counseling weekend to examine the intimacy issues threatening their marriage. Carell will portray a psychiatrist and Tommy Lee Jones will play the spouse of Streep’s character. Vanessa Taylor penned the script. Guymon Casady of Film 360, the feature film production entity of Management 360, and Todd Black for his Escape Artists banner will produce. Mandate president Nathan Kahane, Escape Artists’ Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch and Jessie Nelson will executive produce. Mandate’s Lawrence Grey will co-produce. Escape Artists’ Chris Coggins and Lance Johnson will serve as associate producers. “Springs” has been included on the Black List of the top unproduced scripts in Hollywood. Streep and Frankel teamed on “The Devil Wears Prada,” which grossed $302.4 million at the worldwide box office.