Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquistions has picked up North American rights to Robert Pattinson starrer Bel Ami from Protagonist Pictures.
The film, directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod (Cheek by Jowl), also stars Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci.
In Bel Ami, Pattinson plays penniless ex-soldier Georges Duroy, whose rise through the echelons of the Parisian beau monde in the 1980s tells a tale of ambition, power and seduction. Rachel Bennette wrote the adapated screenplay based on Guy de Maupassant's novel.
The deal was concluded between Michael Helfand, executive vice president of business affairs, and Tana Evans, vice president of acquisitions and distribution for SPWA, and Ben Roberts, CEO for Protagonist.
Produced by Uberto Pasolini and executive produced by Simon Fuller, Bel Ami will begin rolling out overseas at the end of February 2012.
Studio Canal has secured rights for the UK, Germany and France, while RaiCinema will handle the film in Italy. Hopscotch have taken Australia, Independent has Benelux, Impuls has Switzerland, Scanbox has Scandinavia, Golden Scene has Hong Kong/Macau, Unikorea Culture and Art for South Korea, SSG for Taiwan, Central Partnership for CIS, Ablo for Eastern Europe, Ozen Film for Turkey, Lusomundo for Portugal, Front Row for the Middle East, California Filmes for Latin America, PVR for India, PT Amero for Indonesia, Pioneer for the Philippines, Nu Metro for South Africa, Passion Encore for Singapore and Hollywood Entertainment for Greece and Cyprus.
Bel Ami is a Red Wave Films production in association with XIX Film, Protagonist Pictures and RaiCinema.