Good Machine International (GMI) has acquired international sales rights to Daniel Minahan's Series 7, a dark comic satire to which USA Films recently acquired domestic rights.
The film - taking off the phenomenal success of such reality shows as Survivor and Big Brother - imagines that the highest-rated TV show is a fight to the death and that the winner of the $1m prize will literally be the only survivor.
FilmFour Distribution, which is enjoying enormous success with the UK version of Big Brother, has immediately acquired UK rights from GMI, the first sale of the film overseas.
Minahan, who co-wrote I Shot Andy Warhol with Mary Harron, developed the film at the Sundance Writers Lab. It stars Brooke Smith, Michael Kaycheck, Mary Louise Burke and Richard Venture and was produced by Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente of Blow Up Pictures and Christine Vachon and Katie Roumel of Killer Films.
The deal was negotiated by GMI president David Linde and vice president of acquisitions and co-productions Amy Kaufman, and Sue Bodine of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein on behalf of Blow Up.
GMI, which has a sales arrangement with USA Films, has previously worked with Killer on Happiness and the new as yet untitled Todd Solondz film starring James Van Der Beek and John Goodman as well as with Kliot and Vicente on Three Seasons. Blow Up is the digital video production arm of Kliot and Vicente's Open City Films.