'Pompeii,' 'Tarzan 3D' Bolster Summit International Sales (Cannes 2011)
CANNES -- Summit Entertainment International’s big-budget Pompeii was molten hot at the Cannes film market this year, selling out around the globe. Summit also did nicely by Tarzan 3D and Step Up 4.
Notably, all three movies will be in 3D, underscoring the ravenous appetite overseas for the technology.
Pompeii, budgeted at $100 million, was announced on the eve of Cannes. Paul W.S. Anderson is directing the ancient disaster epic, a period adventure recounting the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the destruction of the ancient Roman city. Like Titanic, another high-profile historical disaster movie, Pompeii will be anchored by a strong love story.
“It felt like the big title, not just of our slate, but of the entire market,” Summit International president David Garrett said. “The thing about Pompeii, it’s got everything -- adventure, disaster, a love story.”
Pompeii has sold to Icon for Australia and to E1 in the U.K. and Canada, TF1 in France, Imagem in Latin America, Nordisk in Scandinavia, The Daisy in Korea, Aurum in Spain and Rai in Italy. Tarzan sold to the same distributors in the U.K., Australia, Scandinavia, Latin America and Spain.
Germany’s Constantin Film is producing and financing Pompeii, and will release the film in German-speaking Europe. Summit will bow the film stateside.
“This has probably been our biggest market ever,” Garrett said.
Elsewhere on Summit’s slate, Garrett said Teresa Palmer-Nicholas Hoult zombie pic Warm Bodies is almost sold out while Step Up 4 “cleaned up.” Summit also saw plenty of action on The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.