Moviemax grabs 'Babylon A.D.'

Takes all Italian rights to sci-fi thriller

CANNES -- Italian indie distributor Moviemax has picked up all Italian rights for Mathieu Kassovitz's sci-fi thriller "Babylon A.D." starring Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh.

Moviemax plans to submit the film to the Rome and Venice film festivals to gain local exposure ahead of a planned September release in Italy.

"Babylon A.D." has already sold out in most of the world, with Concorde picking up the title in Germany, StudioCanal in France, UPI in Benelux, Aurum in Spain and West Company in Russia, among others. Twentieth Century Fox is bowing the title in the U.S. and the U.K.

The film is the latest in a series of high-profile titles for the Rome-based Moviemax, which was founded five years ago and has scored boxoffice hits with tiles such as "Nim's Island," "Step Up 2: The Streets" and "Hairspray" in Italy.