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Cannes: The Weinstein Company Circles U.S. Rights to ‘Spivet’

Pic is Jean-Pierre Jeunet's first English-lingo film since 1997's 'Alien: The Resurrection'

The Weinstein Company is in advanced negotiations to acquire all U.S. rights to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 3D adventure pic “The Young and Prodigious Spivet,” in what will be one of the highest-profile deals inked at Cannes.

Adapted from Reif Larsen’s novel by Jeunet and his scribe partner Guillaume Laurant (“Amelie”), the English-language “Spivet” centers on a 12-year-old boy (Kyle Catlett) with extraordinary skills who leaves his family in Montana and takes off on a cross-country adventure to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. to receive a prize.

Helena Bonham Carter and Kathy Bates star in the film, Jeunet’s first English-language pic since 1997’s “Alien: The Resurrection.”

It’s also the director’s first 3D pic and he said that he studied movies including Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” to prepare “Spivet.”

Pic will be digitally remastered by Imax and will be released in France Oct. 16.

Jeunet’s Paris-based Tapioca Films, Epithete and Filmarto produced the film in association with Gaumont, which has French distribution and international sales rights. CAA repped North American rights and brokered the deal on behalf of Cross Creek.

“Spivet,” which lensed in Alberta, Canada, pre-sold at script stage to a many territories last Cannes and Gaumont is closing most outstanding territories.

Earlier in the market, The Weinstein Co. inked multi-territory deals on Saul Dibb’s WWII drama romance “Suite Francaise,” starring Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts and Kristin Scott Thomas; and Stephen Frears’ “Philomena,” toplining Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and Charlie Murphy.

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