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Cannes: Charlize Theron’s Spy Thriller ‘Coldest City’ Bought by Focus

Focus Features has acquired Charlize Theron’s upcoming spy thriller “The Coldest City” for the U.S. through Sierra/Affinity at the Cannes Film Festival.

“John Wick” directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are attached to helm “The Coldest City” from Kurt Johnstad’s script. Theron plays a spy in the late 1980s dealing with the aftermath of the murder of an underground MI6 officer.

Universal Pictures International has bought Australia/New Zealand, Benelux, China, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Switzerland and the U.K. DeaPlaneta acquired Spain, and Freeman Distribution/Monlith/Blitz bought Eastern Europe.

Sierra/Affinity said Cannes has represented the strongest market in its history with sales of five other titles, including Marc Forster’s drama “All I See Is You,” starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke. “All Is See” sold to Eagle Pictures in Italy and Main Title Pictures in South Korea.

Heist project “Comancheria,” starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges, sold to Eagle Films for the Middle East, ProRom Media for Eastern Europe and Scanbox Entertainment for Scandinavia. CBS Films bought U.S. rights in April.

Blumhouse’s thriller “The Gift,” starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton, sold to D Films in Canada, Lionsgate U.K. for the U.K., Top Film in Russia and Village Roadshow for Australia/New Zealand. STX acquired U.S. rights earlier this year with a July 31 release planned.

Ric Roman Waugh’s prison drama “Shot Caller,” starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, was sold to Constantin for German speaking Europe, Entertainment One for the U.K., Notorious Pictures for Italy, Sun  Distribution for Latin America and VVS for Canada.

Liam Neeson starrer “A Willing Patriot” sold to Eagle Pictures for Italy, Freeman Distribution/Monlith/Blitz for  Eastern Europe, Scanbox Entertainment for Scandinavia, Selective for France, Splendid Film for German-speaking Europe and Benelux and Sun Distribution for Latin America and Spain.

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