Universal Pictures Intl. Entertainment has just acquired the Bob Marley documentary Marley, for all rights within the UK and Scandinavia. Lucky Red has picked up rights for Italy and Avalon Distribution has Spain. Magnolia Pictures previously acquired U.S. rights to the Shangri-La Entertainment/Tuff Gong Pictures production. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, the film is scheduled for theatrical release in North America and the UK on April 20th, then will roll out worldwide throughout the summer to coincide with the 50th anniversary year of Jamaican Independence. Macdonald, Rohan Marley and longtime Bob Marley collaborator Neville Garrick will be in Berlin to present the film on February 12th. Filming took place in Ghana, Japan and the UK as well as in Jamaica and the U.S. It’s the first time Marley’s family has authorized use of their private archives. Directors of photography include Alwin Kuchler and Mike Eley. The editor is Dan Glendenning.
Fortissimo Films has also sold South Africa (Nu Metro), Portugal (Lusomundo / Film & TV House), Germany & Austria (Studio Canal Germany), Poland (Best Film), France (Wild Side Films), Latin America (HBO Latin America Pan Regional Pay TV), Australia & New Zealand (Roadshow Films PTY Ltd), Benelux (E1), Middle East (Front Row) and Switzerland (Elite Film A.G.).