AFM 2012: Mister Smith Closes Multiple Territories on Al Pacino-Jeremy Renner Drama 'Imagine'
AFM buyers are daring to Imagine, as Mister Smith Entertainment locked down multiple territories for the new drama starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner and Julianne Moore.
Mister Smith -- the new production and sales joint venture launched this year by ex-Summit Entertainment executive David Garrett and German mini-major Constantin Film -- sealed deals for Imagine with eOne for the U.K. and Benelux, with Roadshow Films for Australia/New Zealand, TF1 for France, Nordisk for Scandinavia, Mediapro for Eastern Europe, Imagem Filmes for Latin America, Pioneer in the Philippines and United King for Israel.
The directorial debut of Dan Fogelman, the screenwriter behind Crazy, Stupid, Love and animated features Bolt and Tangled, Imagine focuses on Danny Collins (Pacino), an aging musician who finds an old letter written to his 19-year-old self by John Lennon and is inspired to change his life and try to reconnect with his biological son (Renner).
Imagine originally was set up with Warner Bros. but now is being independently financed by Shivani Rawat and Nimitt Mankad's Inimitable Pictures via a film fund backed by 5 Hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava.
Denise DiNovi (Batman Returns; Crazy, Stupid, Love) Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and Mankad (Today's Special) will produce, with Rawat as executive producer.
Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales for the film with WME Global taking on U.S. sales tidies.
Imagine is in preproduction and set to being filming late April or early May.