SCORS­ESE CHAM­PI­ONS BOXING HERO

Cannes Market News - - NEWS - Liza Fore­man

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.

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