Contender takes 'Franklyn,' 'Eddie' from HanWay


LONDON -- British Independent distributor Contender Films has captured all U.K. rights to a brace of titles, "Eddie The Eagle" and "Franklyn," from sales and financier HanWay Films.

Contender parent company Entertainment One has also taken Canadian rights to both titles for its subsidiary Seville Pictures.

Currently in post, "Franklyn" stars Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green and Sam Riley and is set between the parallel worlds of contemporary London and the futuristic faith-dominated metropolis of Meanwhile City.

Produced by Oscar winner Jeremy Thomas, "Franklyn" marks the big screen debut of director Gerald McMorrow.

A U.K.-Canada co-production starring Steve Coogan, "Eddie" is scheduled to start shooting this winter here and in Calgary, the Canadian city where Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

The true story follows Edwards who was working as a plasterer when he qualified, completely self-funded, for the 1988 Winter Olympics ski-jumping competition. Despite finishing last Edwards became a people's champion and achieved hero status by turning conventional aspirations on their head.

Directed by Declan Lowney from a script by Sean Macaulay, "Eagle" will be produced by John Heyman, Rupert Maconick and Roy Krost through World Film Services Ltd, Saville Productions Ltd. and Silver Screen International.

Contender CEO Richard Bridgwood and HanWay CEO Tim Haslam hammered out the deals.