Magnolia acquires Pattinson-starrer ‘Bel Ami’

Distrib will release adaptation on June 8

Magnolia Pictures has acquired Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s Robert Pattinson-starrer “Bel Ami” and will give the period pic a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 8.

Deal was made with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, which will handle all other U.S. media.

A retelling of Guy de Maupassant’s classic tale of blackmail, manipulation, and social-climbing, set against 19th century Paris, “Bel Ami” stars Pattinson as an ambitious young man who discovers that his unadulterated passion and seduction skills with influential Parisian ladies is the fastest and most effective way to the upper echelons of the society he so desperately wants to control.

Pic, which co-stars Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney, had its world premiere at last month’s Berlin International Film Festival.

Donnellan and Ormerod direct from a script by Rachel Bennette. Uberto Pasolini (“The Full Monty”) produced the film, which was exec produced by Simon Fuller (“American Idol”) of XIX Entertainment.

“‘Bel Ami’ is a well-crafted, appealing film with a terrific ensemble cast,” said Magnolia prexy Eamonn Bowles. “We think it’s a great fit for our Ultra VOD program.”

Deal was negotiated for Magnolia by senior VP of acquisitions Dori Begley and head of business affairs Chris Matson, along with SPWA’s exec VP of business affairs Michael Helfand and VP of acquisitions and distribution Tana Evans.