Morgan Creek Productions is doing well in selling offshore rights to Tupac, the biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur that will begin production by the summer with Antoine Fuqua directing. One might think a film about an American rapper who died in 1996 might be a tough sell outside the U.S. Not so. Morgan Creek has sold Canada TV rights to E!, Australia/New Zealand to Hopscotch, UK free TV to BBC, Benelux to Paradiso, Scandanavia to AB Svensk, South Africa to NuMetro, Middle East to Italia Films, Switzerland to Ascot Elite, Greece to Village Roadshow, Taiwan to Studio Solutions Group, India to Italia Films and Iceland to Sam Film. Universal is distributing in the US and Daniel Diamond, MCP’s president of International Sales & Distribution, continues to move territories in Berlin.
The German actor will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in February. Mueller-Stahl, whose best-known movies include Music Box, The International and Shine, has worked with directors including Costa-Gavras, Andrzej Wajda, Jim Jarmusch and Steven Soderbergh. He won the Silver Bear at Berlin in 1992 for his performance in Utz; in 1997, the Berlinale Camera; and he was an international jury member in 2006. The Berlinale announcement comes on the day of Mueller-Stahl’s 80th birthday.
The 61st Berlin International Film Festival has announced the rest of the Competition line-up in addition to opening film True Grit (which is screening out of competition). They include Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut Coriolanus, co-starring Gerard Butler and Vanessa Redgrave, and Wim Wenders’ 3D dance film Pina.