IM Global has locked down further key territories for its stable of offshore output deals, bringing to 130 the number of countries where it has guaranteed distribution for its bigger films. RTL’s Universum has made a multi-year, multi-picture commitment for distribution rights in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on higher budget films financed or co-financed by the Reliance-backed indie. The pact was sealed at last month’s European Film Market where IM Global’s Blood Sisters: Vampire Academy was one of the hotter titles.
Berlin: Despite High-Profile Sales ‘Blood Sisters’, ‘Invisible Woman’, ‘Grandmaster’, EFM Mid-Market Remains Soft
We’re four days into the EFM and so far action has been fairly slow. But just this afternoon, The Weinstein Co. picked up U.S. rights to IM Global’s Blood Sisters: Vampire Academy, one of the hotter projects coming into the market. It’s not a given that the deal will kickstart further movement, but other projects understood to be generating domestic interest include Nicole Kidman-starrer Grace Of Monaco, repped by CAA, and Diana, with Naomi Watts, which Embankment is handling.
Other domestic deals include Sony Pictures Classics‘ acquisition of The Invisible Woman, a film to star Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones and Fiennes’ English Patient partner Kristin Scott Thomas. Fiennes also directs. And, The Weinstein Co. announced a deal for Wong Kar Wai’s opening night (out of competition) film The Grandmaster at the start of the fest. It’s fair to say that Berlin is not traditionally about the kind of big business that’s seen in Sundance, Toronto or Cannes.
BREAKING: Well that didn’t take long. Days after Deadline broke the story that Mean Girls hemer Mark Waters would direct his Heathers writer brother Daniel Waters’ script adaptation of a new film franchise based on the six-volume Richelle Mead young adult novel series Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, The Weinstein Company has sewn up a domestic rights deal at Berlin. Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures) and Australian newcomer Lucy Fry will play the title characters, and Russian star Danila Kozlovski will play the male lead. Here’s the official announcement, but click on the link from Deadline’s original break to really get a feel for the subject matter. Rights are being sold by IM Global, which is financing with Reliance Entertainment.
Berlin – February 10, 2013 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) has acquired the U.S. Distribution rights to BLOOD SISTERS, the first feature film installment of the highly successful VAMPIRE ACADEMY series of young adult books from financiers Reliance Entertainment and IM Global.
BLOOD SISTERS, to be directed by Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”, “Spiderwick Chronicles”), is based on the first book in author Richelle Mead’s hugely successful series of books, with the screenplay written by Dan Waters (“Batman Returns”, “Heathers”). The VAMPIRE ACADEMY book series is a worldwide phenomenon, with over 8 million copies in print across 35 countries. To date there are 6 books in the series, with the last 4 on the NY Times Best Sellers list.
The deal was negotiated over