Fox rocks with Stones documentary

Distrib picks up rights to U.K., New Zealand, Australia

BERLIN — On the eve of the Berlinale, two studios were strutting their indie credentials with pickups here.

Fox Intl. has picked up multiterritory rights to the still-untitled Rolling Stones docu helmed by Martin Scorsese. Distrib acquired rights for Blighty, Australia and New Zealand from international sales agent Fortissimo Films, it was announced Tuesday.

Also, Warner Bros. has picked up German rights to “The Red Baron,” Niki Mullerschon’s English-language pic tracking the brief career of Germany’s most famous flying ace.

Lensing on the Stones doc got under way in October at Gotham’s Beacon Theater and followed the band for part of its “A Bigger Bang” tour. Performance scenes are intercut with interviews and archive footage.

Docu, financed by Steve Bing’s Shangri-La Entertainment and Michael Cohl’s Concert Promotions Intl., is produced by Victoria Pearman, Cohl, Zane Weiner and Bing.

Post-production will be completed in time for a release late this year.

“The Red Baron,” budgeted at E18 million ($23 million), is one of the most expensive Teutonic films ever and one of the rare local pics to be completely financed privately, without subsidy coin.

Roland Pellegrino, Dan Maag and Thomas Reisser of Stuttgart-based Niama-Film produced the film, which stars local thesps Matthias Schweighofer and Til Schweiger as well as Joseph Fiennes and Lena Headey.

“The Red Baron” is due to hit theaters this fall.

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