Intermedia and C-2 Pictureshave concluded a deal for the majority of international distribution rights onTerminator3: Rise Of The Machines withColumbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI). Warner Bros hasdomestic rights to the film, and per an agreement made between C-2 prior toIntermedia's involvement, Toho-Towa has the option on Japanese rights.

C-2 had also struck a dealwith VCL to take a 25% stake in the the film and an option on German-speakingterritories, and while the financially beleagured VCL still has that option,CTFDI will most likely pick up German rights if VCL cannot raise the notinconsiderable funds required.

CTFDI had numerousinternational distribution rights on Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) whichwas handled domestically by TriStar Pictures, domestic distribution partner ofCarolco, the former vehicle for C-2's principals Mario Kassar and AndyVajna.

The deal with CTFDI takesthe $170m picture out of the hands of independents across the world which hadbeen looking to T3 as a majorprospect for 2003.

Kassar, Vajna and JoelMichaels of C-2 are producing alongside Hal Lieberman of Mostow/LiebermanProductions. Lieberman's partner Jonathan Mostow is directing. Principalphotography is set for April 2002 with a release date for summer 2003.

Ken Ziffren and SkipBrittenham of Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer represented C-2Pictures and Intermedia on the deal.