Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired a slew of territories to Bleed For This, which stars Miles Teller as boxing champ Vinny Pazienza. Sony has acquired all rights to Germany, France, Spain, Benelux, Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Greece and South Africa.
Written and directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room), Bleed For This was acquired domestically by Open Road Films in a $4 million deal at Cannes that Deadline reported exclusively.
The film has virtually sold out for Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel’s The Solution Entertainment Group, which also has sold Bleed For This to the previously announced UK to Icon Film Distribution, Italy to Notorious Pictures, CIS and the Baltic States to Enjoy Movies, Portugal to NOS Lusomundo Audiovisuais, Japan to Phantom Film, Hong Kong to Panorama Entertainment and South Korea to With Lion. Additional sales include Israel to Forum Film, the Middle East to Eagle Films, Turkey to Pinema, India to PictureWorks, Indonesia to Queen International Pictures, Taiwan to Red Pictures, Pan Asia Satellite TV to Tanweer and international airlines to Cinesky Pictures.
“We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve received from buyers to Bleed For This,” said Wilson. “The film features an incredible performance from Miles Teller, who completely transforms himself into the character of legendary boxer Vinny Pazienza and will blow audiences away with this role.”
Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook), Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Chad Verdi, Noah Kraft, Younger and Pamela Thur-Weir all produce. The film is exec produced by Martin Scorsese alongside the Solution’s Wilson and Nestel and Michelle Verdi. Magna Entertainment financed the film with principal Joshua Sason also on board as exec producer.
Bleed For This is based on the incredible true story of Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who shot to stardom when he dominated then-undefeated champion Gilbert Dele. A near-fatal automobile accident left Pazienza with the news that he would never walk again. After months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, he returned to the gym under infamous trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.
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