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Sony nabs rights to Silva thriller

Pic stars Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has pre-bought all media rights to Sebastian Silva’s untitled thriller formerly known as “Magic Magic” and starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Pic is written and directed by Silva, whose film “The Maid” won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance and drew a Golden Globe nomination for best foreign film.

Psychological thriller follows a young American (Temple) vacationing with her friends in a remote part of Chile who begins to mentally unravel and enters into a world of disturbing landscapes and crushing terror.

The film is produced by Frida Torresblanco (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) of Braven Films, which is also fully financing. Killer Films’ Christine Vachon is also producing with Mike White and David Bernad of Rip Cord Prods. Pic is skedded to start production early this year.

Deal was made by SPWA exec VP of business affairs Michael Helfand and acquisitions director Lejo Pet, along with Brian O’Shea and Laura Ivey of The Exchange, as well as UTA’s Rich Klubeck, Bec Smith and Jacqui Schock. The Exchange is selling all international territories of the film along with Marina Fuentes of 6 Sales.

SPWA now has rights to the pic in the U.S. and Canada, as well as international territories including Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa and Eastern Europe.

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