Sony runs to Tykwer pic

M'max passes on 'Lola' helmer's 'Princess'

NEW YORK — Sony Pictures Classics has reignited its relationship with “Run Lola Run” helmer Tom Tykwer, picking up North American, Latin American, New Zealand and Australian rights to his new love story/thriller “The Princess and the Warrior.”

Tykwer had a first-look deal with Miramax Films, but the indie distrib reportedly passed on the German script.

Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Tom Bernard, Michael Barker and Marcie Bloom, however, were quick to jump on board with Tykwer’s second film because of the solid returns on his first. “Run Lola Run” grossed $7.3 million domestically.

“Tom’s a fresh new talent, and this film is a great step forward from ‘Run Lola Run,’ ” said Barker.

Happy reunion

Tykwer and X-Filme producer Stefan Arndt, meanwhile, were eager to go with Sony again.

“Over the last few years, I’ve developed both a personal and professional relationship with Tom, Michael and Marcie and am very impressed with the individualized attention they give to the films they distribute,” Tykwer said.

Pic concerns a young female hospital worker (played by Franka Potente, star of “Run Lola Run”) and the heroic thief who unexpectedly saves her life.

Tykwer penned the screenplay and Arndt is producing.

Deal was brokered by Arndt with Sony’s Barker, Bernard, Bloom and senior VP of acquisitions and production Dylan Leiner.

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