EXCLUSIVE: Buyers flock to Sundance comedy starring Michael Fassbender.


Protagonist has inked a slew of deals on Lenny Abrahamson’s comedy Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The Sundance premiere has sold to Japan (Nettai Museum), Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Italy (I Wonder), Scandinavia (Non Stop), Benelux (Wild Bunch), CIS (Cinema Prestige), Portugal (Lusomundo), Turkey (Bir Film), Israel (Lev Film), Poland (Gutek Film), Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia (ACFK/Mozinet), Middle East (Front Row) and Singapore (PT Parkit).

Jaguar has taken airline rights while a deal is pending in France. Magnolia previously snapped up US rights.

Frank follows wannabe musician Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal).

The screenplay was written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, and is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson.

Producers are Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee. Executive producers are Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler and Andrew Lowe. Financiers are Film4, the BFI and The Irish Film Board.