Barry Diller's USA Films has picked up US rights to Julien Temple's Pandaemonium, a romantic drama about 19th Century English poets Coleridge and Wordsworth.
The John Hannah, Linus Roache and Samantha Morton-starring picture was sold by Etchie Stroh's Moonstone Entertainment. It premiered at Toronto last year and is now on release in France through Deal. USA plans to give it a release this summer. A UK release will follow in September through Downtown Pictures.
Budgeted at $4.8m (£3.4m), Pandaemonium was jointly produced by Mariner Films and BBC Films, with financing also coming from BBC Worldwide. Further finance came from the Arts Council of England (ACE) although the film was the first to receive it through the Film Council, the body that superseded ACE. Production was by Nick O'Hagan and with executive production credits going to BBC Films Mike Phillips, Tracey Scoffield and David M Thompson. The screenplay was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Temple's previous film, the Sex Pistols documentary The Filth And The Fury was released in the US through Fine Line Features.
USA has recently handled Traffic, One Night At McCools and In The Mood For Love. "Stroh said: USA Films is a fitting partner for this extraordinary film, which crackles with contemporary with and relevance."