Summit picks up ‘Deep Throat’

Lovelace docu will go through U domestic

Summit Entertainment has picked up international sales rights to the Brian Grazer-produced documentary “Inside Deep Throat,” with Universal Pictures giving a domestic release to the docu.

Directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey (“Party Monster”), pic is financed by HBO. In addition to Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment, pic is produced by Barbato and Bailey’s World of Wonder Prods. and HBO.

This isn’t the first doc for Imagine, but it’s the first that will go through U domestically. In 1999, Imagine produced wrestling doc “Beyond The Mat,” which went on to earn solid returns and reviews for Lions Gate Films.

Released in 1972, “Deep Throat” is the most successful X-rated film in history. Estimated to have earned more than $600 million on a $25,000 budget, it also became one of the most profitable films of any kind. Aside from making an instant celebrity of star Linda Lovelace, pic is credited with a cultural impact that outstripped any adult film before or since.

Barbato and Bailey are in production on the pic, which will include archival footage, celeb interviews and commentary from Lovelace (who died last year), her friends and family, accompanied by a soundtrack stocked with music that stemmed from the times.

“I chose Summit because they are a prestigious international distribution company and I believe will provide ‘Inside Deep Throat’ with enormous worldwide appeal,” Grazer says. “They have passion and enthusiasm for their material, and we are happy to have them on board.”

Says Summit principal Patrick Wachsberger, “Worldwide audiences embrace event documentaries that reveal and entice and we are ecstatic to be involved with the caliber of filmmaking talent that have devoted themselves to telling this story.”

Summit previously handled international rights on the feature doc “Buena Vista Social Club.”

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