TriPictures high on ‘Sky’

Spain's leading indie picks up Gallic 'Top Gun'

MADRID — Spanish distrib TriPictures has picked up all Spanish rights to the E23 million ($27.6 million) Gallic actioner “Sky Fighters,” sold by Pathe Intl.

Pic deal was negotiated during the recent Cannes film market and signed some weeks after.

A “Top Gun”-style movie that is now in post, “Sky Fighters” is directed by Gerard Pires (“Taxi”) and toplines Benoit Magimel (“The Crimson Rivers II: The Angels of the Apocalypse”).

Film has already sold to UIP for Japan, 3L for Germany and Tang Media for China, among a dozen distribution deals.

Vet Spanish boutique TriPictures aims to distribute 16 titles theatrically this year in Spain, tapping near half from its output deal with New Line.

TriPictures also buys select, often star-driven titles on the open market. Recently, it closed acquisitions from London-based Capitol Films: the $40 million spy kid project “Stormbreaker” and the Jennifer Lopez/Antonio Banderas thriller “Border Town.”

TriPictures has bounced back from a so-so 2004 to become Spain’s highest-grossing indie distrib this year cuming $26 million through May thanks to “Alexander” ($13 million), “Blade Trinity” ($6.3 million) and “After the Sunset” ($3.7 million, and still counting).

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