Cannes: Charlize Theron's 'Coldest City' Sells Out for Sierra/Affinity

Sierra Affinity president-CEO Nick Meyer

The spy thriller was among a raft of new projects delivering Sierra/Affinity its biggest sale market ever.

Sierra/Affinity was as red-hot as the weather at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, quickly selling out of its slate of new films across the globe, including a multi-territory pact with Universal Pictures International for Charlize Theron spy-thriller The Coldest City.

The company said Monday that Cannes marks its strongest sales market ever.

Other titles impressing foreign buyers included Marc Forster’s All I See is You, starring Blake Lively and Jason Clark; David MacKenzie’s Comancheria, starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges; The Gift, marking Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut and starring Edgerton opposite Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall; Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; and A Willing Patriot, starring Liam Neeson and directed by Martin Zandvliet. Sierra/Affinity is selling The Gift in conjunction with Blumhouse International.

Universal International quickly swooped in and bought The Coldest City for China, the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Benelux, Australia/New Zealand, Latin America and Switzerland. David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are directing the film, now in pre-production.

“We have been strategically building our company and platform in order to capitalize on these kinds of moments,” said Sierra/Affinity president-CEO Nick Meyer, whose key management team includes co-president-COO Marc Schaberg and president of sales and distribution Jonathan Kier.

Sierra has represented a number of high-profile titles internationally, including Whiplash and Nightcrawler, both of which generated keen awards interest.

Other highlights of Sierra’s dealmaking in Cannes this year include Wild Bunch taking Comancheria for a number of key territories, while Lionsgate UK has locked down rights for The Gift (the film also has sold to D Films in Canada and to Village Roadshow in Australia/New Zealand). Shot Caller has gone to Entertainment in the U.K., and to Constantin for German-speaking Europe.