Meryl Streep Starrer 'Great Hope Springs' Picked Up in Several Territories (Cannes 2011)

6:54 AM PST 05/17/2011 by Gregg Kilday
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Project about a married couple seeing marriage counseling reunites the actress with her "Devil Wears Prada" director David Frankel.

CANNES -- Buyers from around the world have eagerly snapped up Great Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep, which Lionsgate International has been repping in the market.

Vanessa Taylor’s screenplay about a middle-aged couple, to be played by Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, who seek out a marriage counselor, played by Steve Carell, sparked interest in plenty of territories. David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) is on board to direct for Mandate Pictures.

Helen Lee Kim, president of Lionsgate International, orchestrated a slew of sales with Alliance taking the U.K. and Spain, Wild Bunch picking up Germany and Italy, and Metropolitan taking France.

Other sales include: Australia/New Zealand, Roadshow; South Africa, Nu Metro; Switzerland, Ascot Elite; Scandinavia, Mislabel; Benelux, E1; Greece, Feel Good; Portugal, PRIS; Iceland. Sam Film; CIS, West; Baltics, ACME; Czech, Romania, Hungary, Mediapro; Israel, Bulgaria, Forum; Middle East, Gulf; Turkey, Media Max; South Korea, Daisy; Taiwan, Studio Solutions Group; Hong Kong, Golden Scene; Thailand, Sahamongkol; Indonesia, PT Amero; Singapore, Cathay; Philippines, Pioneer; Malaysia, Vietnam, PT Parkit; India, Star Entertainment; and Airlines, Cinesky.

It’s the second Streep picture that has made its mark at this year’s Cannes, where earlier the Weinstein Co. snapped up domestic rights to the drama The Iron Lady from Pathe.

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