Following Sunday’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere for Man Up, Saban Films has acquired the North American rights to director Ben Palmer’s romantic comedy starring Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Rory Kinnear and Olivia Williams. Pic follows Nancy (Bell) who after being mistaken for Jack’s (Pegg) blind date under the clock at Waterloo Station, decides to take fate into her own hands and just go with it.
Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films with Aska Yamaguchi of StudioCanal on behalf of the producers. The pic written by Tess Morris is being sold worldwide by StudioCanal.
Saban Films launched prior to Cannes last year where they picked-up Tommy Lee Jones’ western The Homesman from EuropaCorp. Pic bowed on Nov. 14 and made $2.4M stateside. Since then, Saban has snapped up the U.S. rights to How To Make Love Like An Englishman starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba; Philip Martin’s The Forger starring John Travolta; American Heist starring Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune “AKON” Thiam; Tracers starring Taylor Lautner; and Alex and Ben Brewer’s The Trust starring Nicolas Cage.
Man Up is co-produced by StudioCanal, Big Talk Pictures’ Nira Park, James Biddle, and Rachael Prior, and co-financed by BBC Films. Executive producers include Matthew Justice, Simon Pegg, Dan Cheesbrough, Jenny Borgars, Danny Perkins, Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer.