The Solution Entertainment Group has sold the world on “Bleed for This,” which stars “Whiplash” and “Divergent” star Miles Teller as boxer Vinny Pazienza, with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions taking multiple territories.
Sony has acquired all rights to the pic, which also stars Aaron Eckhart, for Germany, France, Spain, Benelux, Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Greece and South Africa.
The film, written and directed by Ben Younger (“Boiler Room”), will be released by Open Road Films in the U.S. following its recent $4 million acquisition at the Cannes Film Festival. The deal was brokered by CAA and WME Global.
“The film features an incredible performance from Miles Teller, who completely transforms himself into the character of legendary boxer Vinny Pazienza, and will blow audiences away with this role,” said Lisa Wilson, who is co-founder and joint partner at the Solution with Myles Nestel.
The Solution has also sold the previously announced U.K. to Icon Film Distribution, Italy to Notorious Pictures, CIS and the Baltic States to Enjoy Movies, Portugal to NOS Lusomundo Audiovisuais, Japan to Phantom Film, Hong Kong to Panorama Entertainment and South Korea to With Lion.
Additional sales include Israel to Forum Film, the Middle East to Eagle Films, Turkey to Pinema, India to PictureWorks, Indonesia to Queen International Pictures, Taiwan to Red Pictures, pan-Asia satellite TV to Tanweer and international airlines to Cinesky Pictures.
The producers are Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty,” “Silver Linings Playbook”), Emma Tillinger Koskoff (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” upcoming “Silence”), Chad Verdi, Noah Kraft, Younger and Pamela Thur-Weir.
The film is executive produced by Martin Scorsese alongside the Solution’s Wilson and Nestel, and Michelle Verdi. Magna Entertainment funded the film, and its principal, Joshua Sason, is also an executive producer.
Based on the true story of one of boxing’s most charismatic figures, “Bleed for This” centers around Pazienza, who shot to stardom when he dominated undefeated champion Gilbert Dele. A near-fatal automobile accident left him with the news that he would never walk again. After months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Vinny returned to the gym under infamous trainer Kevin Rooney (Eckhart), and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.