AFM: George Miller's 'Three Thousand Years of Longing' Sells Wide

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FilmNation also closes several deals in Europe and Asia for Julie Taymor's 'The Glorias: A Life on the Road.'

Three Thousand Years of Longing, the upcoming feature from Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller, is slowly spreading worldwide.

Glen Basner's FilmNation, which introduced the project — starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton — to buyers at the American Film Market earlier this month, has closed pre-sales in much of Europe and Asia for the feature.

Alongside previously announced deals in France (Metropolitan) and Italy (Eagle), FilmNation signed agreements for the film in Spain (DeA Planeta/Tri Pictures), Poland (Monolith), Scandinavia (Nordisk) and Switzerland (Ascot Elite), among others. The epic love story will be going out in Latin America via IDC, in India through PVR Pictures, in Japan via Kino Films and in Hong Kong through Golden Scene.

FilmNation's other big AFM project, The Glorias: A Life on the Road, also lined up several pre-sales, including to SunFilm Group in Italy, Dea Planeta in Spain, Kino Films in Japan and The Coup in South Korea.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up multiple territories for the Julie Taymor-directed drama, a biopic of journalist and feminist activist Gloria Steinem, including in Australia, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Latin America, South Africa and all of Asia outside China and Japan.

Julianne Moore (Still Alice) will star as the Ms. magazine founder in The Glorias, which traces Gloria Steinem's journey to become a crusader for equal rights. 

In what has become an increasingly difficult market for independent film, Basner's FilmNation is on a roll. In Cannes, the company sold out its female-fronted spy thriller 355 — which will star Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o — set to begin production next year; and in the largest deal of the Toronto market, FilmNation sold world rights to Rian Johnson's Daniel Craig-starrer Knives Out to Media Rights Capital.