Spanish distrib scores, closes several deals

'Darwin' nabbed by Icon; Sven Arts picks up 'Queen'

Rapidly emerging as one of Spain’s most muscular independent distribution houses, DeAPlaneta has closed several deals in Cannes.

The scientific comedy “Darwin Awards” was picked up from Icon Entertainment, and the 1876 St. Petersburg-set thriller “Winter Queen” directed by Paul Verhoeven, from Seven Arts.

Hyde Park Intl. inked with DeAPlaneta on the heist thriller “Monkey Face,” toplining Richard Gere and directed by Brazilian helmer Vicente Amorim, and the psychological horror pic “Premonition.”

Also, DeAPlaneta has taken Little Film Co.’s “News of the World,” which is produced by Alexander Payne and directed by Nate Goodman, and closed with Greenestreet Films on the thriller “Unknown,” directed by Simon Brand and toplining  Jim Caviezel and Greg Kinnear.

DeAPlaneta has inked two big French titles: thriller “Stone Council,” with Monica Bellucci, sold by UGC Intl., and comedy “How Much Do You Love Me,” with Bellucci and Gerard Depardieu.

During the first days of Cannes, the Spanish distrib-production house inked with Summit Entertainment for all Spanish rights on legal thriller “Michael Clayton,” toplining George Clooney, and the Christian Bale starrer, dark urban comedy “Harsh Times.”