Cannes: Carnaby Seals International Deals for Jonathan Rhys Meyers Spy Thriller

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Portrait NBC - P 2012
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Portrait NBC - P 2012

'Damascus Cover' picked up a slew of sales, as did the upcoming Simon West action-comedy 'Salty.'

London-based sales and distribution banner Carnaby International has locked down a series of acquisitions for its Middle East-set spy thriller, Damascus Cover. Among the pickups for the Jonathan Rhys Meyers- and John Hurt-starring title, currently in post-production, were HGC in China, India’s Empire Networks and South African distributor Crystal Brook.

Carnaby also secured a number of sales for its upcoming comedy-drama Salty, from Con Air and The Expendables 2 director Simon West, teaming again with HGC for China. Other buyers for the title — which is described as The Hangover meets Get Him to the Greek and follows an aging rock star whose ex-supermodel wife is kidnapped by pirates — include Prorom for  six Eastern European territories, Flins y Piniculas for Spain and Vistcom for India, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Other sales include Arthur & Merlin, which went to Germany (Tiberius), China (HGC), Spain (Flins y Piniculas) and the former Yugoslavia (Discovery) and reportedly has offers in from Japan and the U.S., and the Scott Eastwood-starring Mercury Plains, which also went to Flins y Piniculas for Spain.