Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition Group has swooped in and picked up key territories to Joe Wright's "Hanna" from Focus Features International.
Focus retains rights in North America, the U.K., Australia/New Zeland, Greece, Israel, Middle East, and CIS, while SPWAG has acquired territories in continental Europe, Asia and Latin America.
"Hanna," which is in its final month of filming, stars Saoirse Ronan in the title role as a teenage assassin as well as Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana.
Focus president of international sales and distribution Alison Thompson and senior vp of international sales Peter Kujawski announced the deal in Cannes on Sunday
"Under Joe Wright's direction, 'Hanna' is shaping up as a dynamic and highly commercial film, and we are thrilled that Sony has been so quick to recognize its international potential," Thompson said.
"It is a pleasure to be in business with Focus on what looks like an intense thriller. Audiences around the world will love this movie," SPE president of worldwide affairs Peter Schlessel added.
Speaking of Hanna film...
IMDB added P&P's Tom Hollander in the Hanna cast list. He plays the character Isaacs. This is the third time Tom and director Joe Wright has worked together. Previously, they worked together in The Soloist (2009) and Pride & Prejudice (2005) films.
And in addition Collider.com reports...Focus Features Sets Release Dates for 2011 Films THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH, JANE EYRE, HANNA, and ONE DAY
Here's the Hanna release date part...
Hanna will open nationwide on Friday, April 8th, 2011, and wraps production next month on location in Europe. BAFTA Award winner Joe Wright, whose films include Focus’Atonement and Pride & Prejudice, is directing the movie. Hanna stars Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan, Academy Award winner Cate Blanchette, and Eric Bana.
Hanna (Ms. Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a solider; these come from being raised by her father (Mr. Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Ms. Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.
Hanna also stars Jason Flemyng, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, and Martin Wuttke. Seth Lochhead wrote the initial screenplay and has written subsequent drafts, as have David Farr, Joe Penhall, and Mr. Wright. Academy Award nominee Leslie Holleran (Chocolat) is producing Hanna with the team of Marty Adelstein and Scott Nemes.