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Sony Snags North American Rights to “Bel Ami” Starring Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman

Sony Snags North American Rights to "Bel Ami" Starring Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought North American rights to Protagonist Pictures’ “Bel Ami,” the Guy de Maupassant adaptation starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci.

The film is directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. Its international rollout begins in February.

Full press release reprinted below:


Protagonist Pictures today announced that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has taken north American rights to BEL AMI, which stars Robert Pattinson (Twilight series, Water for Elephants), Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) , Kristin Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy, I’ve Loved You So Long) and Christina Ricci (Monster, Sleepy Hollow).

The deal was concluded between Michael Helfand, EVP of Business Affairs, and Tana Evans, VP of Acquisitions and Distribution for SPWA, and Ben Roberts, CEO for Protagonist Pictures.

Pattinson plays penniless ex-soldier Georges Duroy, whose remarkable rise through the echelons of the Parisian beau monde in the 1890s tells a tale of ambition, power and seduction. The screenplay was written by Rachel Bennette from the original novel by Guy de Maupassant, and the film was directed by the influential and innovative Cheek By Jowl directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod.

Studio Canal secured rights for the UK, Germany and France, while RaiCinema will handle the film in Italy. Hopscotch have taken Australia, Independent has Benelux, Impuls has Switzerland, Scanbox for Scandinavia, Golden Scene for Hong Kong/Macau, Unikorea Culture and Art for South Korea, SSG for Taiwan, Central Partnership for CIS, Ablo for Eastern Europe, Ozen Film for Turkey, Lusomundo for Portugal, Front Row for the Middle East, California Filmes for Latin America, PVR for India, PT Amero for Indonesia, Pioneer for the Philippines, Nu Metro for South Africa, Passion Encore for Singapore and Hollywood Entertainment for Greece and Cyprus.

The international roll-out of the film will begin from the end of February 2012.

BEL AMI was produced by Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty, Machan) with Simon Fuller as executive producer. The film is a Red Wave Films production in association with XIX Film, Protagonist Pictures and RaiCinema.

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