TWC takes multiple territories on comedy Untouchable starring Francois Cluzet [pictured]; deals also done in Germany, Italy, Spain.
The deal covers all rights in North America, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa, China and distribution rights for pan-Asian satellite TV, with a 2012 US theatrical release expected.
Gaumont is handling distribution in France. The company has also done deals in Germany, Spain, Italy and Belgium with distributors to be announced imminently.
TWC also has remake rights, to co-finance and co-produce an English language remake with Gaumont and the film’s original producers Quad Films.
Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache scripted and are directing the film, produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun, about an unlikely friendship between a wealthy paraplegic and a man from the streets (played by Omar Sy).
Harvey Weinstein, TWC Co-Chairman, said: “Occasionally, you find a story that translates universally, and Untouchable is a perfect example. We look forward to bringing this beautiful and entertaining film to a worldwide audience.”
The deal was negotiated for TWC by COO David Glasser and Peter Lawson; and for Gaumont by Cecile Gaget.