Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs International Rights To Jack Plotnick’s ‘Space Station 76′

Sony-Pictures-Worldwide-Acquisitions__140208020736Space Station 76 premieres Saturday at SXSW 2014, as part of the Visions section, in Austin. Today, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions announced they have acquired all international rights on the pic from writer/director Jack Plotnick. The film stars Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer, Marisa Coughlan, Kylie Rogers, Kali Rocha, Jerry O’Connell and Keir Dullea and was written by Jack Plotnick, Jennifer Cox, Sam Pancake, Kali Rocha and Michael Stoyanov.

Space Station 76 is a comedic drama about a group of people (and several robots) living on a space station in a 1970’s-version of the future. When a new Assistant Captain arrives, she inadvertently ignites tensions among the crew, prompting them to confront their darkest secrets. Barely contained lust, jealousy, and anger all bubble to the surface, becoming just as dangerous as the asteroid that’s heading right for them. Read More »

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Berlin: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Picks Up ‘The End Of The Tour’, Starring Jason Segel & Jesse Eisenberg

Berlinale 2014 badgeA week after Kilburn Media came aboard to finance The End Of The Tour, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has picked up rights for multiple territories to the pic at Berlin. Jason Segel stars Read More »

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Sundance: Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, Sony Pictures Worldwide Pay $3.5 Million For ‘Skeleton Twins’

Mike Fleming

skeltwinsIn separate deals that add up to $3.5 million and likely the biggest total so far for a film at the Sundance Film Festival, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions bought domestic rights, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought the rest of the … Read More »

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Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs International Rights To Fest Opener ‘Whiplash’

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 9:06pm PST

whipl__140117002425Park City, UT (January 16, 2014) – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired rights to several international territories to this year’s 2014 Sundance Film Festival opening night feature film, WHIPLASH, starring J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller. Territories acquired include: UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Europe (ex CIS), Greece, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Latin America.

Related: Fleming On 2014 Sundance Forecast: Thriving Indie Biz Makes Appetite Strong; Un-Commercial Slate Could Limit Big Deals

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608The deal was made by SPWA’s Michael Helfand, Jon Freedberg and Chan Phung and international sales agency Sierra/Affinity on behalf of Bold Films. Directed and written by Damien Chazelle (Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench), WHIPLASH is adapted from a short film that won Sundance’s jury award for fiction in 2013 (also written and directed by Chazelle). Producers are Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, Michel Litvak and David Lancaster; with Jason Reitman, Gary Michael Walters and Couper Samuelson executive producing. Bold Films financed the movie.

Related: 2014 Sundance: Fest Films With Highest Wanna-See From Buyers

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Sony’s Faith-Based AFFIRM Films Sets Motocross Biopic ‘Kicking Up Dirt’ With Andy Fickman Directing

By | Tuesday December 3, 2013 @ 5:16pm PST

kicking up dirtTrue-story sports saga Kicking Up Dirt is gearing up at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions-based AFFIRM Films, with Parental Guidance‘s Andy Fickman set to direct. The tale of four-time Women’s Motocross Association champion … Read More »

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AFM: SPWA Takes Key Territories On Emma Watson Drama ‘Your Voice In My Head’

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired key international rights to lit adaptation Your Voice In My Head, set to star Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson. Francesca Gregorini directs the drama … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs Elizabeth Olsen Starrer ‘Therese’

The Elizabeth Olsen-starring period pic has been acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) for territories including the UK, Germany, Austria, and Latin America. Exclusive Media announced the deal today from Toronto. … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Bryan Cranston, Logan Marshall-Green Pic ‘Cold Comes The Night’

Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, and Logan Marshall-Green star in director Tze Chun’s Cold Comes The Night, which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up for domestic and international. Chun (Children of Invention) co-wrote and directed the pic about a motel owner (Eve) taken hostage by a nearly blind criminal (Cranston) as he attempts to retrieve a cash package from a dirty cop (Marshall-Green). Read More »

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Cannes: Focus Features International Awash In ‘Black Sea’ Deals

In a multi-territory deal, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition has acquired Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Latin America on Focus‘ Jude Law-starrer Black Sea. Kevin Macdonald is directing the film about a … Read More »

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Berlin: Sony Pictures Worldwide Takes Multiple Territories On JFK Pic ‘Parkland’

Exclusive Media has closed a deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for Parkland in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Latin America. The hot EFM title, which has Open Road in talks to distribute domestically, … Read More »

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Sundance: ‘Austenland’ To Sony WorldWide Acquisitions For North Of $4 Million; Sony Pictures Classics To Release In U.S.

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Just got an update on Austenland. The deal is north of $4 million, midway between $4 million and $5 million, and Sony Pictures Classics will release the film in the summer, and they will rely heavily on producer (and Twilight Saga author) Stephenie Meyer, Jerusha Hess and Shannon Hale, along with star Keri Russell to promote it and make this a chick flick extravaganza.

EARLIER, BREAKING: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has closed on the Keri Russell-starrer Austenland. It’s a surprising outcome, and the deal numbers I’m hearing are north of $4 million for worldwide rights. Sony Pictures Classics will release in the U.S. The Jerusha Hess-directed film about a Jane Austen fanatic is produced by Twilight Saga‘s Stephenie Meyer. Read More »

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‘Insidious’ Sequel Set For Aug 30, 2013

The cast, writer Leigh Whannell and director James Wan are returning for Insidious Chapter 2, which FilmDistrict will release August 30, 2013. The first horror pic, released in April 2011, was one of the most profitable films of … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Buys Into Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’

By | Monday July 9, 2012 @ 6:19pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Crooked House Movie SonySony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired U.S. and Canada rights, along with select international territories, on Crooked House, the Neil LaBute-directed adaptation of the Agatha Christie’s murder mystery novel that is being made by Ealing … Read More »

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Sony Worldwide Acquires Aussie-Set Thriller ‘Deception’

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.

Sony Deception MovieSony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired U.S. rights to Deception, an action thriller starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Emmanuelle Vaugier that started shooting this week on Queensland’s Gold Coast. … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Lands Offshore Rights To Spike Jonze, David O Russell Pics

Mike Fleming

David O Russell American BullshitSpike Jonze Sony MovieEXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has made a deal with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures for international rights on two untitled film projects that will be directed by Spike Jonze and David O Russell, respectively. As she often does with auteur fare, Ellison stepped up to fully fund both films, as she did with the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed The Master, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. Read More »

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Acquires Sundance Pic ‘The First Time’

Mike Fleming

Culver City, CA (March 21, 2012) – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) announced today they have acquired all U.S. rights and Canadian ancillary rights to Jonathan Kasdan’s teen romancer and 2012 Sundance Film Festival crowd pleaser THE FIRST TIME, produced by Friends with Benefits’ producers Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer.

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SPWA Pre-Buys Rights To Michael Cera-Juno Temple Vacation Thriller

By | Friday February 17, 2012 @ 10:29am PST

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions pre-bought rights in the U.S. and other territories for the untitled Sebastian Silva thriller starring Michael Cera (Superbad), Juno Temple (Dirty Girl), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) and Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace). The film is written and directed by Silva, whose film The Maid won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes two years ago. SPWA’s deal includes rights in Canada, Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa and Eastern Europe. The story revolves around a young American woman (Temple) vacationing with friends in a remote part of Chile. There, she begins to mentally unravel and enters into a world of disturbing landscapes and crushing terror. The project is currently in pre-production with principal photography slated for early this year. Read More »

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Sony Pictures WW Acquisitions And Samuel Goldwyn Pay $2+M For ‘Robot & Frank’

By | Wednesday January 25, 2012 @ 4:33pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Samuel Goldwyn bought the Sundance film Robot & Frank. I’m told they paid north of $2 million for North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Goldwyn releases domestically … Read More »

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Screen Gems Pacts To Remake ‘The Raid’

By | Wednesday November 9, 2011 @ 3:37pm PST

Screen Gems has acquired remake rights to The Raid, the Gareth Evans-directed Indonesian action movie that won the Midnight Madness sidebar’s audience award at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions had picked up U.S. distribution rights to … Read More »

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