eOne goes on spending spree

Distrib buys 'Man,' 'Pill,' 'Punch'

Entertainment One went on a buying spree at this year’s European Film Market, snapping up a raft of multi-territory rights for pics including “A Most Wanted Man,” “Bitter Pill” and “Love Punch.”

As the market drew to a close, the distrib announced it had picked up U.K. and Canadian rights for Jim Mickle’s “We Are What We Are,” Steven Soderbergh’s Rooney Mara starrer “Bitter Pill” (Daily Variety, Feb. 13), and Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington starrer “2 Guns,” to be helmed by Baltasar Kormakur, which it purchased for $10.6 million.

eOne also picked up U.K., Canadian and Australian rights to Paul Andrew Williams’ “Miss You Already” and Joel Hopkins’ “Love Punch,” starring Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan.

For Canada and Benelux, it nabbed Philip Seymour Hoffman starrer “A Most Wanted Man,” from FilmNation Entertainment, while it took U.K., Canadian and Benelux rights for helmer Steven Sheil’s HBO Asia film “Dead Mine,” which was being shopped by Celluloid Nightmares.

Additional pickups for Canada include director John Stockwell’s “Codename Geronimo,” Catherine Hardwicke’s “Plush,” Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper starrer “Serena,” J.C. Chandor-helmed “All Is Lost,” Brit crime actioner “The Sweeney” and “Writers,” starring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly.

In Oz, eOne took rights for Julian Fellowes’ scripted “Crooked House” and Katherine Heigl adult puppet feature “Happytime Murders.”

North American pickups include “Devil Seed,” “Iron Sky,” “Let Go” and “Osombie.”

And in Benelux it took “Last Exorcism 2,” starring Ashley Bell, which was being shopped by Studiocanal.

Finally, distrib picked up U.K. rights for helmer Rodrigo García’s Glenn Close and Mia Wasikowska starrer “Albert Nobbs.”

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