Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) has announced that it has acquired U.S. rights to Atom Egoyan's "Chloe," which had its world premiere recently at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. Michael Helfand and Scott Shooman negotiated the low seven figure deal for SPWAG and Harold van Lier and Anna Marsh negotiated for StudioCanal and the filmmakers. The film will be released theatrically in the first half of 2010.
"Chloe" stars Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried, and was written by Erin Cressida Wilson ("Secretary"). It follows three people caught in a story of love and betrayal. When Catherine (Moore), a successful doctor, begins to question her husband David's (Neeson) fidelity, she sets out to resolve her suspicions with the help of an alluring young woman, Chloe (Seyfried). Soon caught in a web of sexual desire, Catherine finds herself on a journey that places her family in great danger.
"The team on this film has been incredible from the get-go -- with Atom's extraordinary leadership and vision behind the camera, Erin's incredible script, our great partners and friends at StudioCanal who led the charge in taking this film to the world, and with our tremendous cast and crew," said Montecito's Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock in a joint statement. "We had a terrific world premiere at Toronto and many critics including Roger Ebert called "Chloe" one of Atom's best and most commercial films. We are thrilled that Sony has recognized "Chloe"'s potential and will be bringing the film to U.S. audiences."
StudioCanal will distribute the film directly in France, and in the UK and Germany, through its wholly owned affiliates Optimum Releasing and Kinowelt. Additionally, StudioCanal secured distributors in other territories around the world both prior to, during and after the film's Toronto premiere. These include E1 in Canada, Eagle in Italy, Pony Canyon in Japan, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Mars in Korea, SPI in Eastern Europe, Gussi in Mexico, Playarte in Brazil, Nu Metro in South Africa, Odeon in Greece, Gulf in The Middle East, and Lusomundo in Portugal. A distribution deal in Spain is also imminent.