Variety – Entertainment One has inked sales on “Spotlight,” including a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Pic, about the Boston Globe’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church, stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams.
In addition to SPWA, which will handle Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe outside of the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Israel and India, eOne has secured sales of the film in Italy (BIM), Portugal (Lusomundo), former Yugoslavia (Discovery), Baltic States (Estonian Theatrical Distribution), South Africa (Times Media), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Indonesia (Queen), Singapore (Shaw), South Korea (Activers), Taiwan (Caichang), Thailand (Sahamongkol) and airline rights (EIM).
EOne is handling international sales of “Spotlight” in all territories outside of the U.K., Canada, Spain, Benelux and Australia/New Zealand, where the company is distributing the film directly, and in the U.S., where the film is being distributed by Open Road, which is planning for a wide release.
It is directed by Thomas McCarthy from a script by “The West Wing’s” Josh Singer and McCarthy, who was Oscar nominated for “Up” and won a BAFTA for “The Station Agent.” The film also stars Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci and John Slattery.
It is the true story of how a team of Boston Globe reporters uncovered the massive scandal of child abuse and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.