Focus gains Momentum for 'Hamlet 2'

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BERLIN -- British entertainment shingle Momentum Pictures has acquired all U.K. rights to the hot Sundance title "Hamlet 2," in one of the first big deals of the festival.

The agreement was completed with Universal-based Focus Features, which acquired worldwide rights to the film in January in Park City for a reported $10 million. Focus is selling the picture here in Berlin.

The high school satire centers on American drama teacher Dana Marszh (Steve Coogan), a guy who spends his time name-dropping about time spent on the "Mrs. Doubtfire" set in a desperate attempt to impress his students. Meanwhile, his marriage to wife, Brie (Catharine Keener), is crumbling away.

The film was directed by Andrew Fleming ("Nancy Drew") and co-written by Fleming and Pam Brady, whose credits include "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" and "Hot Rod." Momentum also has acquired "Hard Candy" helmer David Slade's "Unthinkable" from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, which also concluded sales on the title to Russia's Top Films.

"Unthinkable" centers on the interrogation of a man who knows the location of three nuclear weapons set to detonate in the U.S. Peter Woodward ("Closing the Ring") and Oren Moverman ("I'm Not There") wrote the screenplay; Caldecot Chubb ("Believe in Me") and Patriot Pictures' Michael Mendelsohn ("Lord of War") are producing.
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