The film re-teams Sy with “The Intouchables” directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. That 2012 title grossed $444 million worldwide, including $10 million in the U.S.
BGP plans to release “Samba” in the second half of 2015. The deal for “Samba” is the second Toronto acquisition for BGP, which bought the rights to the Andrew Garfield-Michael Shannon drama “99 Homes” earlier this week.
“Samba” also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim and is adapted from Delphine Coulin’s book “Samba pour la France.” Gaumont produced “Samba” with Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun and Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky from Quad Productions.
Sy stars as a Senegalese immigrant who’s ordered to leave France after working day and night for the last ten years, trying to support his family back in Senegal while making a life for himself in France.
Variety’s Peter Debruge said in his review, “If nothing else, the pic cements Sy’s position as one of France’s most magnetic screen personalities.”
The deal was negotiated by CAA, Cecile Gaget of Gaumont International and Gabriel Hammond for Broad Green Pictures.