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Dimension nabs ‘They’

Par, Miramax eyeing rights to 'Swimfan'

Dimension Films has paid north of $5 million for North American and Italian rights to the Robert Harmon chiller “They,” based of three minutes of footage shown at the London Screenings by the film’s international rep, Good Machine Intl.

As the screenings approached today’s close, Cobalt Media Group was nearing a deal on the stalker pic “Swimfan85.” Paramount Pictures, in association with MTV Films, was understood to be leading the bidding on “Swimfan,” with Miramax Films also interested. Both companies were eyeing worldwide rights to the pic, directed by John Polson and starring Erika Christensen and Jesse Bradford.

There was little else, however, in the way of completed pics for U.S. buyers to get excited about at this year’s downbeat London event.

Buzz was soft on anticipated titles such as Neil Jordan’s “Double Down,” Stefan Schwartz’s “The Abduction Club,” Steve Norrington’s “The Last Minute,” Nonzee Nimibutr’s “Jan Dara” and Manuel Gomez Pereira’s “Off Key.”

The deal for “They” was a winner for its producer, Radar Pictures. “They,” which revolves around a young woman who was traumatized after witnessing a horrific event, was the first pic Radar put into production after the company’s launch in October. Radar principal Ted Fields served as exec producer.

On the international front, leading sellers such as GMI, Summit, Intermedia and Capitol reported brisk business, particularly with many buyers trying to complete deals this week in order to avoid the trip to Milan.

Capitol sold David Cronenberg’s “Spider” to Media Suits in Japan and Sandra Goldbacher’s “Me Without You” to another Japanese distrib, Alcine Teran.

Good Machine sold “Y tu mama tambien” (And Your Mother Too) to Icon in the U.K.

(Charles Lyons in New York contributed to this report.)

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