'The Proposal' headed to FX
Cable network picks up TV rights to boxoffice hit'Proposal' tops boxoffice
FX has accepted "The Proposal," nabbing the TV rights to the Touchstone Pictures feature that opened at No. 1 last weekend.
The cable network landed the romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in a package Walt Disney deal that also includes Miramax Films' 1980s-set comedy "Adventureland," which grossed $16 million earlier this year.
Separately, FX has picked the rights to thriller "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" from Columbia Pictures.
The pact for "The Proposal" apparently closed a couple of weeks ago, before the film's big $33.6 million opening weekend.
The deal, under which the movie will be available to FX in late 2011- early 2012, features standard terms, pegging "The Proposal's" license fee to 12% of its ultimate domestic boxoffice, expected to land in the low-to-mid $100 million range.
Following the same pattern is the deal for the Denzel Washington/John Travolta starrer "Pelham," which opened to $23 million two weekends ago.
With both male-oriented series such as "Sons of Anarchy" and female-targeted fare such as "Nip/Tuck," FX is stocking up on both testosterone-heavy movies like "Pelham" and female-skewing films like "The Proposal."
And with the acquisition of "The Proposal," FX extends its streak of No. 1 movies it has acquired in the past few months, including "Monsters vs. Aliens," "Star Trek," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."
The only notable exception, sleeper hit "The Hangover," went to Turner Broadcasting in a 13-title Warner Bros. package deal inked last month.
FX is bound to claim another top weekend grosser this weekend with "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which FX purchased in February.