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Odeon, BSkyB make ‘Murder’ case

Martinez adaptation stars Elijah Wood, John Hurt

LONDON — Odeon Sky Filmworks, the joint distribution venture between Europe’s biggest exhibitor Odeon and TV giant BSkyB, has acquired all U.K. rights to Alex de la Iglesia’s crime thriller “Oxford Murders.”

Pic, based on a novel by Guillermo Martinez, stars Elijah Wood and John Hurt as a student and professor, respectively, who join forces to try and stop a string of murders mysteriously linked by mathematical symbols.

As was the case with its first pickup — Aussie laffer “Kenny” — Odeon Sky Networks has acquired “Oxford Murders” directly from the filmmakers.

Deal was brokered between Sky Odeon Filmworks topper Tony Miller and producers Kevin Loader and Mariela Besuievski.  

Under the deal, Odeon will release the pic theatrically, with Sky retaining all U.K. TV rights. Sky will make the movie available to its viewers across its broadband download service before its Brit television debut on the Sky Movies Premiere channel.

“Murders” is currently in post, and no U.K. release date is yet set. “Kenny” hits theaters Sept. 7.

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