Sony Pictures has swooped on multiple territory rights to twoprojects from John Fremes' Element Films International as it seeks tore-establish a major acquisitions profile on the international circuit.
In a pre-emptive move before the AFM kicked off earlier this week,the US major snapped up US and a host of international rights to drama TheLast Time starringBrendan Fraser and Michael Keaton, and a raft of international rights toterrorism thriller Five Fingers.
Sony closed deals on The Last Time for the US, the UK, Australia, Japan,Italy, Germany, France, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Thailand.Alliance Atlantis holds Canadian rights.
Rights to Five Fingers sold for the UK, Japan, France, Spain and South Korea. Lionsgateis handling the domestic release.
Fremes negotiated the deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment'sdirector of acquisitions and productions Scott Shooman and director of acquisitionsLia Buman.
'This is indicative of how we are looking to renew ourinterest in international acquisitions,' Shooman said. 'We want to doquality films like this much more aggressively and make this part of our internationalpipeline.'
'We're incredibly excited to be in business with SonyPictures and this is a huge commitment for The Last Time and Five Fingers,' Fremes said. 'We hope thisis the start of a long-term mutually beneficial relationship.'
The Last Timestars Fraser, Keaton and Amber Valletta in Michael Caleo's tale of a topsalesman who falls for his protege's girlfriend. Five Fingers stars RyanPhillippe and Laurence Fishburne.