Universal sings with Marley in UK/Scandinavia deal with Fortissimo
Fortissimo has closed a number of deals for Kevin Macdonald’s Bob Marley documentary Marley, led by Universal Pictures International Entertainment taking rights for UK and Scandinavia.
Lucky Red has acquired Italy and Avalon for Spain.
The film is slated for an April 20 theatrical launch in North America and the UK.
Madconald, Rohan Marley, and collaborator Neville Garrick are in Berlin to present the world premiere of the film on Sunday.
The deal was brokered by Fortissimo managing director Nelleke Driessen.
Fortissimo has also closed for South Africa (Nu Metro), Portugal (Lusomundo/Film & TV House), Germany & Austria (StudioCanal), Poland (Best Film), France (Wild Side), Latin America (HBO Latin America), Australia & New Zealand (Roadshow), Benelux (eOne), Middle East (Front Row) and Switzerland (Elite).
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Shangri-La Entertainment and Tuff Gong Pictures produced in association with Cowboy Films.
Driessen said, “Bob Marley is one of a very few true international icons. His image, music and messages of love and peace have crossed borders, boundaries and cultures and are as relevant in the world today as ever. We are extremely happy that the team at Universal share our passion for the subject matter and see the potential for this landmark project. There is no better company to bring this film to audiences across the UK and Scandinavia where Bob remains so popular.”