Magazine article Screen International

Universal Picks Up UK and Spain for Barney's Version

Magazine article Screen International

Universal Picks Up UK and Spain for Barney's Version

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Universal Pictures International (UPI) has acquired distribution rights for Barney's Version for the UK and Spain, producer Robert Lantos told Screen.

Serendipity Point Films' Lantos said UPI president David Kosse's "enthusiasm for our film is the best guarantee that it will be brilliantly distributed in these major territories."

UPI will release the film in the UK and Spain on Jan 7.

The deal was negotiated by Christian Grass, president of International Production and Acquisitions for UPI, and John Fremes of Essential Entertainment on behalf of Serendipity Point Films.

It took Lantos (Eastern Promises, Being Julia) over a decade to bring the late Mordecai Richler's prize-winning novel to the screen.

Directed by Richard J. Lewis, Barney's Version features a stellar ensemble cast -- Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman and Bruce Greenwood - alongside Paul Giamatti as the curmudgeonly yet loveable Barney. …

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