Frears' pic toplines Willis, Hall, Vaughn
EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment One has snapped up U.K. rights for Stephen Frears’ “Lay the Favorite,” toplining Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall and Vince Vaughn.Movie, shopped and co-financed by Wild Bunch, has already sold to Canada (Alliance), Australia (Village Roadshow) and Scandinavia (Svensk Film). Wild Bunch will distribute in France and Italy. The under-$20 million pic is produced by London-based Ruby Films’ Paul Trijbits and Randall Emmett’s Emmett/Furla, which is co-financing along with Anthony Bregman and D.V. DeVincentis. Peter Gethers will exec produce. Story is based on the life of Beth Raymer, a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas who became one of the world’s most successful professional gamblers. EOne has been throwing some cash around at the Cannes market, beating aggressive bids for Summit’s near-$100 million “Pompeii” to distrib in the U.K., Canada and Benelux. Sources suggest the U.K. asking price was a hefty $14 million, but it is unclear whether eOne paid that in a multiterritory deal. The outfit also nabbed U.K. rights to Summit’s “Tarzan 3D.”
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