Magazine article Screen International

Gaga Closes Deal on Paul WS Anderson's Pompeii

Magazine article Screen International

Gaga Closes Deal on Paul WS Anderson's Pompeii

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Gaga Corporation has closed a deal on its second major film at Toronto, buying Japanese rights to Impact Pictures' $100m romantic adventure epic Pompeii from Summit Entertainment.

Earlier this week, Gaga bought Venice hit Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy from StudioCanal.

Pompeii, to be directed by Paul WS Anderson and produced by Jeremy Bolt, was one of the hottest selling movies at the Cannes Film Market this year, and should start production next spring. Gaga also holds rights to Anderson's The Three Musketeers 3D which will open the Tokyo International Film Festival before its Oct 28 opening in Japan.

The Pompeii deal was closed between Gaga chairman Tom Yoda and Summit co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger.

Gaga, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is on track to hit the targets set after Yoda led a management buyout in 2009 from media and telecoms giant Usen.

Its 2010 hits included Oceans, The Concert and District 9 (co-distributed with Warner Bros), while this year The King's Speech grossed over $24m and Shanghai has taken over $7m. …

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