Summit inks ‘Pompeii,’ ‘Tarzan’ deals

Studio sells out most major territories for big budget pics

EXCLUSIVE: Marking some of the fastest major market deals in Cannes in years, Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” and Richard Klooss’ “Tarzan 3D” have both nearly sold out around the world.

Summit Entertainment, which is shopping the pic, is finalizing deals with Entertainment One, which has snapped up “Pompeii” for multi-territory rights in the U.K., Canada and Benelux after aggressive bids. It has also acquired “Tarzan 3D” for Blighty.

Both “Pompeii” and “Tarzan” are produced through Constantin Film and while eOne benefits from an output deal with Summit, Constantin produced pics stay out of the output.

In France, TF1 International snapped up French rights for “Pompeii” for its distribution arm UGC while Paris-based Metropolitan Film Export snapped up rights to “Tarzan 3D.”

Icon nabbed both pics for Australia and Paradise picked up both pics for Russia.

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And Italian distrib RAI snapped up rights to “Pompeii” for Italy.

Constantin will distribute both pics in Germany.

Further deals for the two pics are expected to be solidified within the next day for Latin America and the rest of the world.

Summit is distributing “Pompeii” in the U.S. while a domestic deal for “Tarzan” has yet to be decided.

“Pompeii” reunites Constantin, Summit and Anderson after working together on “The Three Musketeers.”

Pic is scripted by Lee Batchler and Janet Scott Batchler and centers around the romance between a slave and the daughter of the slave’s master amid the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and destruction of Pompeii.

No actors have been set for the pic yet.

“Tarzan 3D,” helmed by “Animals United” director Richard Klooss, is an animated 3D adventure set in a remote part of Africa. When an entrepreneur and his wife are killed in a helicopter crash, their 3-year old son is left to fend for himself and is brought up by a group of mountain gorillas.