The directorial debut from Mad Men‘s John Slattery is going global with Dean Devlin‘s Electric Entertainment, which acquired international rights to the Sundance drama following its in-competition premiere last week. Slattery directs Mad Men co-star Christina Hendricks alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Caleb Landry Jones in the buzzy film about a man who tries to cover up the accidental death of his stepson in a blue collar neighborhood in South Philadelphia. Slattery, who previously got behind the camera for episodes of Mad Men, adapted the pic with Alex Metcalf from the 1983 novel by Pete Dexter (The Paperboy). Electric Entertainment won the title in Park City where Devlin was in hot pursuit following its world premiere, while IFC is taking U.S. rights.
God’s Pocket marks the first pickup for international for Electric Entertainment’s international sales division, which launched at AFM last year. Their titles also include the Martin Scorsese-exec produced The Wannabe, Hannah Espia’s Transit, and Boys of Abu Ghraib, exec produced by Ed Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, and Rogan Donelly. Electric’s Head of International Distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska will launch sales out of Berlin. God’s Pocket, a Park Pictures production, was made in association with Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions and Shoestring Pictures and is produced by Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Slattery, Emily Ziff and Hoffman. The deal was negotiated by Gersh Agency’s Jay Cohen and Marc H. Simon of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams and Sheppard with Electric’s Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Rising and Head of Acquisitions Ari Haas.