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Universal Pictures International Picks Up Six Foreign Territories on Scorsese's 'Wolf of Wall Street'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 8, 2012 at 1:42PM

Universal Pictures International (UPI) has acquired distribution rights in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Scandinavia to Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," produced and financed by Red Granite Pictures and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Paramount Pictures is the film's domestic distributor.
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Universal Pictures International (UPI) has acquired distribution rights in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Scandinavia to Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," produced and financed by Red Granite Pictures and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Paramount Pictures is the film's domestic distributor.

Currently shooting in New York, "The Wolf of Wall Street" co-stars Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler and Jon Favreau. "Boardwalk Empire" exec producer Terence Winter adapted the screenplay from Jordan Belfort’s bestselling memoir “The Wolf of Wall Street" about playboy Belfort’s rise and fall.

L.A.-based production, financing and international sales company Red Granite's principals, Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland, bought rights to the book and produced the film with DiCaprio's Appian Way, Scorsese's Sikelia Productions and EMJAG Productions. Alexandra Milchan is an executive producer.

In a package deal, UPI's EVP of Worldwide Acquisitions Peter Kujawski also picked up rights from Red Granite foreign sales arm, Red Granite International, led by Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri, to Mandalay's rock and roll fantasy "Horns," starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple, based on the Joe Hill novel.  Universal will release the film in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Scandinavia.

UPI also acquired release rights in Spain and Scandinavia for David Grovic's crime thriller "Motel" starring John Cusack as a hit man hired by storied crime boss Robert De Niro. To complete the job, the hit man has to run a gauntlet of the mobster's henchmen to reach a decrepit backwater motel in the Delta bayous.

Red Granite's first film was Jennifer Westfeldt's romantic comedy "Friends with Kids" (Roadside/Lionsgate). Red Granite is currently producing the drama "Out of the Furnace," starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana (with Relativity Media), the western "The Brigands of Rattleborge," with director Chan-wook Park (with Mythology Entertainment); and Alex Proyas’ "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" (with Mythology Entertainment, Phoenix Pictures and Mystery Clock Cinema).

This article is related to: IN THE WORKS, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Universal Pictures


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.