Sales outfit sells world on 'Love'
In a further validation, if it were needed, of the market for upbeat comedies with an international reach, SND, the sales-distribution arm of France’s M6 Group, has sold out most of the world on “Love Punch,” starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson.In a flurry of Berlin biz on “Punch,” a title that SND closed on the eve of Berlin, eOne has acquired U.K., Australia and Canada, Square One has taken Germany, Revolutionary Releasing nabbed Russia and Eastern Europe and Pasatiempo Pictures has taken all of Latin America. SND itself will handledistribution in France. Other top deals include Spain (Antena 3/DeAPlaneta Spain), the Middle East (Gulf), Greece (Village Greece), India (Pictureworks) and Israel (Forum Films). With Benelux and Scandinavia under negotiations, the only major territories currently left on the table are Japan, Italy and the U.S. Joel Hopkins (“Jump Tomorrow,” “Last Chance Harvey”) wrote and will direct “Punch.” Brosnan and Thompson play a retired divorced couple whose pension is stolen by an unscrupulous businessman. Reuniting, they pursue him from London to the South of France, and begin to rediscover why they fist fell in love. “Love Punch” shoots over the summer in the U.K. and France. Beyond worldwide sales, SND finances and co-produces with the U.K.’s Process Media and France’s Radar Films and Forecast Pictures. “With this director and cast, there is a real and underserved audience for this kind of feel-good fun movie,” said Lionel Uzan, SND-M6′s director of acquisitions and international sales, referring to adults over 30.