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Cannes: HBO Takes U.S. on ’I Married a Dumbass’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Sales agent Filmsharks rolls out hit comedy across Latin America

HBO has acquired U.S. rights to “I Married a Dumbass,” the latest smash hit from Disney co-owned Argentine production outfit Patagonik.

In further deals, struck by FilmSharks Intl., “Married” has closed Spain (A Contracorriente Films); Peru, Colombia and Chile (Cinecolor); Brazil (Paris Filmes); and Central America (Palmera). The caliber of the distributors — Paris Filmes is one of the biggest in Brazil, even including regional studio branches in the equation, while A Contracorriente released “The Intouchables” in Spain — is indicative of the interest that not just local but also select top-tier commercial regional comedy now arouses in the Spanish-speaking world for original or remake rights.

Sin Sentido has acquired Mexican remake rights to “Dumbass.”

“Dumbass” bowed March 17 and has grossed $11.3 million in Argentina, topping Zootropia”($10.4 million) and “The Jungle Book” ($8.4 million).

Pic stars stars Adrian Suar and Valeria Bertuccelli, and was written by Pablo Solarz and directed by  Juan Taratuto, the team behind 2008 local blockbuster “A Boyfriend for My Wife.”

Per Guido Rud, at Filmsharks Intl., Italy, Korea, France and Australia are under negotiation. Mexico is close to closing.

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