Wild Bunch has acquired French and German rights from Voltage Pictures to Eli Craig’s much fancied Sundance Midnight entry Tucker & Dale Vs Evil.
Voltage chief Nicolas Chartier also licensed the dark comedy about a pair of misunderstood hillbillies who fall foul of a group of vacationing college students to Svensk in Scandinavia and Maple in Canada.
Negotiations are ongoing with Australia and Spain and there are offers on the table from other territories.
Several North American buyers have expressed interest in Tucker & Dale Vs Evil as domestic deals remained in desperately short supply following Lionsgate’s sub-$4m acquisition of Buried over the weekend.
In contrast foreign deals are flowing as territory buyers do a spot of early shopping ahead of next month’s EFM in Berlin and sales agents bolster their slates for the first major international market on the calendar.
Andrew Herwitz’ Film Sales Company sold His & Hers, Ken Wardrop’s chronicle of the life and loves of 70 Irish women, to Madman in Australia and New Zealand. Andrew Freedman produced.
Herwitz brokered the deal with Madman managing director Paul Wiegard on behalf of the distributor and expects to announce further sales in the days ahead.
Earlier on Monday Myriad Pictures announced it had acquired international rights over the weekend to Josh Radnor’s crowd-pleaser happythankyoumoreplease.
On Sunday T&C Pictures International acquired foreign sales rights from WME Global to Adrian Grenier’s US documentary Teenage Paparazzo.
On the domestic side, CAA are talking to Apparition and its ancillary distribution partner Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group about Vincenzo Natali’s Midnight selection Splice with Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley.
Also in play or at least drawing sustained interest are Catfish, The Perfect Host, Winter’s Bone, The Company Men, Lovers Of Hate, The Pat Tillman Story, and 8: The Mormon Proposition, which has had interested from theatrical and TV buyers.
Monday’s anticipated screenings included Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s The Extra Man, Diego Luna’s Abel, and Kevin Asch’s Holy Rollers, about the true story of Hasidic Jews smuggling Ecstasy into the US.
Tuesday brings Mark Lewis’ eagerly awaited documentary Cane Toads: The Conquest.