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Sony walks off with ‘Legion’ rights

Film marks directing debut of Scott Stewart

World rights (except the U.S.) to supernatural actioner “Legion” have been acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.

Pic, budgeted at $15 million to $20 million, is produced and financed by L.A.-based Bold Films, the company behind “Bobby.” U.K.-based Velvet Octopus brokered the pact, pegged at just south of $10 million.

Bold has domestic rights and is in talks with several domestic distribs, including the Sony group.

Pic marks the directing debut of Scott Stewart, who also co-scripted with Peter Schink. An ILM vet, Stewart co-founded SanFran-based f/x house the Orphanage, which has worked on a range of mega-pics such as “Sin City” or “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Simon Crowe, co-founder of Velvet Octopus, said “Legion” would have a combo of live-action physical effects and the densely digital look of “Sin City” or “300.”

Story concerns eight people who are stranded at a diner in the Mojave Desert on Christmas Eve due to a magnetic force that disables cars, phones and electricity.

Lara Thompson and Scott Shooman reeled the pic in for the Sony group.

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