In its second pick-up this week, following acquisition of writer-director Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette,” The Weinstein Company’s new Radius-TWC shingle has grabbed US and Caribbean-basin rights to the English-language film “Pusher,” a remake of “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 original, a thriller about a London drug dealer facing payoff of a major debt to a local crime lord after a deal goes bad.
Radius plans a late 2012 theatrical release for the film, starring Richard Coyle (“W.E.”) and actress-model Agyness Deyn (“Clash of the Titans”), and written by British TV scripter-producer Matthew Read, with Luis Prieto directing.
The purchase follows on the heels of Radius grabbing North American rights for a reported $2 million to Sundance femme-raunch comedy “Bachelorette,” starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan, which premiered to mixed reviews during the recent festival.
Refn’s “Pusher” directorial debut caught the eyes of Radius Co-Presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego when they were at Magnolia Pictures, which acquired Refn’s full “Pusher” trilogy for US release. “We’re very proud to have brought the original “Pusher” to American audiences and we’re excited to reprise our role as distributors with Luis Prieto’s sexy English reboot,” Quinn and Janego said in a statement.
“Pusher” was produced by Rupert Preston for Vertigo Films, and by Christopher Simon and Felix Vossen for Embargo Films; Nicolas Winding Refn is the executive producer. The deal was negotiated by Quinn and Janego for Radius, with Cécile Gaget of Gaumont International representing the producers. Terms were not disclosed.
Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum produced “Bachelorette” for Gary Sanchez Productions, along with Brice Dal Farra, Claude Dal Farra and Lauren Munsch for BCDF Pictures.