Gaumont coy on ‘Arc’ partner

In talks with Sony for distrib deal

French major Gaumont has confirmed that it is in talks with Sony on a U.S. distribution deal for Luc Besson’s $55 million “Joan of Arc.”

Word on the Croisette is that the deal is all but signed and that Sony will take wider rights than just the U.S.

However, Gaumont sources are insisting that talks are still in progress with two Hollywood majors, including Sony, but that no deal has been signed.

“It could be Sony but it could not,” notes Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, president of worldwide marketing and distribution at the Gallic giant

Sony picked up U.S. rights for Besson’s last megabuck English-lingo pic, “The Fifth Element,” and is known to be keen to work on the new Besson project, which stars Milla Jovovich and John Malkovich.

Principal photography for the film starts in France in June.