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

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by Anne Thompson
November 8, 2012 1:42 PM
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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).

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