Sony gets the international 'Spirit' in '09


The Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has acquired all rights in select international territories to Will Eisner's "The Spirit."

The territories include but are not limited to France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, and Latin America (excluding Brazil and Mexico). Frank Miller is writing and directing the fantasy-thriller about a rookie cop who returns from the dead to fight crime.

Lionsgate, which holds domestic and U.K. rights on the film to be released in 2009, is producing with Odd Lot Entertainment, whose Odd Lot International served as sales agent on the deal.