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Zodiak Rights expands into film

Rights shingle teams with Yellow Bird

Zodiak Media’s Zodiak Rights, an established purveyor of TV and homevid content, is expanding its theatrical roster with “The Troubled Man” and “Echoes From the Dead,” two new thrillers from Yellow Bird, the production house behind “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy.

Based on the bestselling series by Swedish author Johan Theorin, “Echoes From the Dead” is a mystery directed by Daniel Alfredson (“The Girl Who Played With Fire,” “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”). Shot on a Swedish island and in Cuba, “Echoes” toplines Lena Endre (“The Master”) as a mother on the trail of her missing 6-year-old son.

Delivery is scheduled for fall. Zodiak is showing a promo reel of “Echoes,” which is in post, at Berlin. It has pre-sold to Scandinavia with Nordisk and Benelux with Lumiere.

Meanwhile, helmer Agneta Fagerstrom-Olsson’s “Troubled Man,” based on a Henning MankellWallander” novel, will have its first screening at the EFM on Sunday. “Man” has already been picked up by Lumiere for Benelux distribution.

It stars Krister Henriksson as Kurt Wallander and centers on the detective’s unofficial investigation of the Cold War-related death of a Russian diver. Pic was released in Scandinavia on 89 prints by Svensk Film on Jan. 11, and has so far earned an estimated €450,000 ($603,000), according to Anne Feret, Zodiak Rights’ theatrical sales manager.

Zodiak Media-owned Yellow Bird has a first-look deal with Zodiak Rights.

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