Also snags Johansson pic 'Song,' Corbijn's 'Wanted Man'
The European Film Market has only just started to warm up but Alliance Films is bringing the heat, snapping up rights to Scarlett Johansson starrer “Can A Song Save Your Life,” Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man” and Kate Hudson starrer “Everly.”Distrib nabbed U.K. rights to John Carney-directed “Can a Song Save Your Life,” which also toplines Mark Ruffalo, from Exclusive Media early in the market. It also picked up Brit rights to “Most Wanted Man,” which is being shopped by Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment. Both pics will be distributed via its U.K. arm Momentum Pictures. “Momentum has consistently proved to be one of the most effective independent distributors in the U.K.,” said Alex Walton, Exclusive prexy of international sales and distribution. “Song” sees a dejected music biz exec forge a bond with a young-singer-songwriter who has just moved to Manhattan, while in “Wanted Man,” a Chechian Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught up in the international war on terror. Late Thursday night, Alliance snapped up U.K. and Canadian rights to “Everly” from Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity outfit. Deal, which marked the second major deal in Berlin this year, is estimated to be north of $1 million and saw a number of other foreign buyers at the table, notably eOne, which was also in the final running for the female-driven actioner. Pic, which is produced by Adam Ripp and Rob Paris’ Crime Scene Pictures, also sold to Splendid for Germany, Switzerland and Benelux for just north of $1 million. The Alliance pick up for “Everly” clocks up a feeling of deja-vu from last year’s Berlinale, when the distrib acquired multi-territory rights (Blighty, Canada and Spain) to Crime Scene’s debut feature “Gambit,” toplining Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. Sierra/Affinity has been shopping the $10 million actioner, helmed by Joe Lynch, with Hudson as a down-on-her-luck woman stuck in her apartment, fending off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss. Story is based on a concept created by Lynch (“Knights of Badassdom”). Yale Hannon penned the script, which was featured on the Hollywood Black List. Anonymous Content’s Luke Rivett is producing “Everly” alongside Ripp and Paris, who are also financing the pic. Rizal Risjad and Philip Elway exec produce.
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