Icon Ent. Intl. takes ‘Vacation’

Pic stars Mel Gibson in Mexican prison drama

Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey’s Icon Prods. is maintaining its ties to sales company Icon Entertainment Intl. by agreeing a deal that will see IEI — now owned by Stewart Till following a year of negotiations — acquire U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand rights to “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.”

IEI will also handle international sales on the pic, in which Gibson plays a career criminal caught by Mexican authorities and sent to a tough prison run by gangs. Icon Prods. will handle North American rights.

Adrian Grunberg is directing and has also written the script along with Gibson and Stacy Perskie. Gibson, Davey and Perskie are producing.

The film will start shooting in Mexico in March.

Former Polygram chief Till completed his drawn-out deal to acquire the U.K.-based operation of Gibson and Davey’s Icon Group in November after months of negotiations. Access Industries chairman and New York-based industrialist Len Blavatnik backed Till in the acquisition of IEI, the Majestic Films and Television library and its U.K. distrib.

The two Icon companies also inked a first-look deal with each other and will jointly acquire rights for the U.K. and Australia.

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