Sierra/Affinity Strikes ‘Gold’ At EFM — Berlin

Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity is near to selling out on Stephen Gaghan’s Gold starring Matthew McConaughey in one of the most robust sales titles at this year’s EFM.

Euro powerhouse Studio Canal has acquired the UK, France, Germany Australia and New Zealand. Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group have acquired the title for Italy. Scanbox has Scandinavia, Feel Good (Greece), Myndform (Iceland), Ascot Elite (Switzerland), Tripictures (Spain), Sun Distribution (Latin America), Apsara (select pan-Asian territories, Able Entertainment (South Korea), Tohokushinsha Film (Japan), United King (Israel), Eagle Films (Middle East), Tanweer (Turkey), ACME (Baltics), Freeman/Monolith/Blitz (select central and eastern Europe), Tandem Film (Bulgaria), Star-Kinekor (South Africa), Lusomundo (Portugal) and Remain in Light (Benelux).

Gold is a Black Bear Pictures film written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman, based on a true story about the 1993 Bre-X Mineral Corporation mining scandal in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. McConaughey plays Walsh, a modern day prospector and hustler who teams up with a luckless geologist only to strike gold in the heart of the jungle. Their discovery takes them to the boardrooms of Wall Street and culminates in one of the most scandalous frauds of our time.

Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game) will produce alongside Michael Nozik (Quiz Show, Syriana) via his Hwy61 banner, Massett, Zinman and McConaughey. Hwy61 partner Paul Haggis will exec produce along with Richard Middleton (Hitchcock, The Artist).

CAA is repping the domestics rights. Elevation Pictures will distribute in Canada.

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