Summit Entertainment has concluded the biggest deal of Cannes so far, selling Japanese distribution rights to Toho Towa to three high-profile films - Mr And Mrs Smith with Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman, The Runaway Jury with John Cusack and Gene Hackman and horror movie Wrong Turn.
All three films are produced or co-produced by Arnon Milchan's Regency Enterprises which will be distributed domestically by 20th Century Fox.
The deal is the first concluded by Hisanori Hiranuma, the new president of Toho-Towa, and was negotiated by Summit partner Bob Hayward with Toho-Towa's Goji Komatsu and Miho Shimizu.
Mr And Mrs Smith, which is set to begin shooting in late Sept 2003, is an action movie starring Pitt and Kidman as a married couple living in the suburbs, neither one realising that the other is a secretly legendary assassin working for competing organisations. Milchan and Akiva Goldsman are producing, Summit's Patrick Wachsberger is executive producing.
The Runaway Jury is based on the John Grisham thriller of the same name and is now in post-production. It stars Cusack, Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz and is directed by Gary Fleder (Don't Say A Word).
Wrong Turn opens on May 30 in the US. It was produced by Constantin Film and Summit and stars Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Jeremy Sisto with creatures designed by Stan Winston, who also produces. The film was directed by Rob Schmidt (Crime And Punishment In Suburbia).
'Regency's David Matalon and Summit's Patrick Wachsberger are proud to have inaugurated Mr Hiranuma's tenure at Toho-Towa and are pleased and proud to have found such high company for its products,' said a statement issued by Summit.