'Virtue' has merit for SPC


Sony Pictures Classics has purchased "Easy Virtue," the comedy starring Jessica Biel, Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas that premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.

The company picked up U.S., South African and Latin American rights to the film based on the Noel Coward's 1926 play. Barnaby Thompson, Joe Abrams and James D. Stern produced the film.

SPC recently picked up another Toronto premiere produced and directed by Stern, the "Chorus Line" docu "Every Little Step."

Ealing's Natalie Brenner and Thompson and Endgame's Douglas Hansen negotiated the deal with SPC.