Magazine article Screen International

Sing Street Sells for FilmNation

Magazine article Screen International

Sing Street Sells for FilmNation

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EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation, coming off a spectacular Cannes market, is close to selling out John Carney's upcoming Sing Street.

Rights have gone for the UK (Lionsgate UK), Australia and New Zealand (Roadshow Films), France (TFI), Germany (StudioCanal Germany), Japan (Gaga), Italy (BIM), Spain (Vertigo) and Scandinavia (Svensk).

Further deals closed in Canada (Elevation Pictures), Taiwan (Filmware International), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Singapore (Shaw Renters), Switzerland (Elite Film), Turkey (Aqua Group), Greece and Cyprus (Spentzos Film / Seven Films) and Israel (LEV Cinemas).

FilmNation CEO Glen Basner and his team also licensed rights for South Korea (Bloomage), Indonesia (PT Amero Mitra), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Iceland (Sam Films) and pan-Asian TV (HBO Pacific Partners).

Production is set to begin this summer on the semi-autobiographical tale of a 14-year-old Dublin boy who forms a band to cope with his troubled life and eventually runs off to London with his 15-year-old girlfriend and aspiring model.

As Screendaily first reported in February, U2's Bono and The Edge will be involved in the film's music. The film is a co-production with Anthony Bregman of Likely Story and Canrey through his Distressed Films in partnership with Kevin Frakes of PalmStar and Raj Brinder Singh for Merced Media Partners in the US and Paul Trijbits and Christian Grass of FilmWave in the UK. …

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