Sony Pictures Classics has announced a deal for U.S. rights to Steve Buscemi's "Interview," based on the late Theo Van Gogh's film of the same name. Buscemi wrote and directed the movie and stars alongside Sienna Miller in a story described as, "a passionate drama about two polar opposite characters and their unforeseen encounter." Sony Classics' Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dylan Leiner, who are planning a Summer release, acquired the film from Cinemavault Releasing. "We have always wanted to work with Steve Buscemi, and we've admired Sienna Miller's work over the last several years," the SPC execs said in a statemant. "We're thrilled to bring this movie out in July as we think it's a perfect summer film." The film was a Dutch/American co-production between Column Film in Amsterdam and Bruce Weiss' New York based Ironworks Productions. In a statement, Weiss said, "It was always Theo's dream to make films in America and to have his work seen here. Gijs and I are thrilled that Steve and Sienna helped us realize that dream."
Cinemavault has sold the film in numerous foreign territories where it will have a theatrical release, including Germany (Kinowelt), France (Diaphana), Italy (Fandango), Spain (Golem), Scandinavia (CCV), Switzerland (Rialto Film), Benelux: A-Film, Austria: Polyfilm, Poland: Solopan, CIS: Maywin Media, Greece: Spentzos Films, Iceland (Samfilm), Former Yugoslavia (Karantanija), Middle East (Front Row), Czech Republic (CinemArt), Turkey (Mars). Negotiations are also underway for deals in the UK, Japan, and Latin America, according to the company. [Eugene Hernandez]