DiCaprio, Scorsese thriller sells in Europe


"Shutter Island," Martin Scorsese's upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio thriller, has been sold to several major European territories by Paramount Vantage International, chalking up some high figures along the way.

TeleMunchen picked up "Shutter" for German distribution for a jaw-dropping $12 million, the most ever paid for an American film in the territory. Medusa scooped up the movie for Italy for a hefty $10 million, while distributor Manga is paying in the $6 million-$8 million rage for Spain. Vantage has a sale pending for the Russian territory in what sources said was in around the $2 million mark.

The deals come a week after the Berlin International Film Festival, where Vantage was ensconced in its Ritz-Carlton offices.

TeleMunchen engaged in a fierce bidding war for the movie, topping Constantin, Tobis, Kinowelt and Senator.

TeleMunchen has a long tradition with Vantage's parent company, Paramount, having released the "Tomb Raider" movies and the remake of "The Italian Job." It is also releasing "Iron Man," the Marvel Studios superhero movie that Paramount is distributing domestically.

"Shutter" is an adaptation of a Dennis Lehane novel that follows two U.S. marshals who are sent to a federal institution for the criminally insane located in Boston's Outer Harbor to capture a violent female escapee. DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams are on board to star in the production, which is due to go before cameras in March. Paramount is releasing the movie domestically.

Vantage is selling the film in select territories on behalf of Paramount.

Scott Roxborough in Cologne, Germany, contributed to this report.