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Chorion books Chandler rights

'Noddy' company pays undisclosed sum

LONDON — Chorion, a U.K. rights outfit that exports children’s favorite “Noddy,” has forked out an undisclosed sum for the rights to author Raymond Chandler’s books including Los Angeles gumshoe Philip Marlowe.

By buying the rights to such classics as “The Big Sleep” and “The Long Goodbye,” Chorion said it had acquired a “powerful brand with opportunities for exploitation via U.S. film, television and multimedia as well as through publishing.”

The deal gives Chorion a 75% stake in the new Raymond Chandler Ltd. (the Raymond Chandler estate retains the remaining equity) and is Chorion’s first acquisition of a U.S. literary property.

“No feature film of the author’s works has appeared since 1978 and the most recent television adaptation was seven years ago,” Chorion said.

This is because most of the rights were tied up with previous pics, which have now reverted to the estate.

Chorion also owns rights to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot titles, as well books by Georges Simenon and Margery Allingham.

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