Vertice Cine cuts ‘Splice’ deal

Spanish indie distributor nabs 'Chloe'

MADRID — Spanish distributor Vertice Cine has closed rights on a pair of high-profile pics to release in Spain this year.

It’s bought Vincenzo Natali’s creature feature “Splice,”starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, from French mini-major Gaumont.

Vertice has also inked with

StudioCanal for all Spanish rights to Atom Egoyan’s “Chloe,”starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried.

The titles’ U.S. rights have been picked up respectively by Dark Castle for a WB release and Sony.

Vertice Cine is the fruit of November’s merger of distribs Notro Films and Manga Films, both controlled by Spanish film-TV company Vertice 360.

Its film acquisitions policy is closer to the mainstream product profile characterized by Manga than the popular arthouse pics Notro distributed in Spain for around five years.

Vertice plans 15 releases for 2010, including Jennifer Aniston starrer “The Switch,”Ben Stiller’s “The Marc Pease Experience”and European documentary “Oceans.”

Also on its slate are Luis Berdejo’s “The New Daughter,”toplining Kevin Costner, and David Serrano’s Spanish comedy “Una hora mas en Canarias,”produced by Vertice film production arm Telespan.

Vertice’s main hit to date is “Shutter Island,”which has grossed E7.6 million ($10 million) at the Spanish box office through March 21 and still counting.