SCORSESE CHAMPIONS BOXING HERO
THE SOLUTION ENTERTAINMENT GROUP has sold the world on Bleed for This starring Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart, including multiple territories to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Sony has acquired all rights to Germany, France, Spain, Benelux, Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Greece and South Africa. The film, written and directed by Ben Younger, will be released by Open Road Films in the US following its recent $4m acquisition at the Cannes Film Festival. The deal was brokered by CAA and WME Global.
“We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve received from buyers to Bleed for This. The film features an incredible performance from Miles Teller who transforms himself into the character of legendary boxer Vinny Pazienza and will blow audiences away with this role,” said Wilson. The Solution has also sold the UK to Icon Film Distribution, Italy to Notorious Pictures, CIS and the Baltic States to Enjoy Movies, Portugal to NOS Lusomundo Audiovisuais, Japan to Phantom Film, Hong Kong to Panorama Entertainment and South Korea to With Lion. Additional sales include Israel to Forum Film, the Middle East to Eagle Films, Turkey to Pinema, India to Pictureworks, Indonesia to Queen International Pictures, Taiwan to Red Pictures, Pan Asia Satellite TV to Tanweer and international airlines to Cinesky Pictures. The producers are Bruce Cohen, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Chad Verdi, Noah Kraft, Younger and Pamela Thur-weir. The film is executive produced by Martin Scorsese alongside The Solution’s Wilson and Nestel and Michelle Verdi. Based on the true story of one of boxing’s most exciting figures, Bleed for This centers around Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who shot to stardom when he dominated undefeated champion Gilbert Delé. A near-fatal automobile accident left him with the news that he would never walk again. After months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Vinny returned to the gym under infamous trainer, Kevin Rooney (Eckhart), and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.
Ben Younger’s Bleed forthis.