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Sony Picks Up Egoyan’s ‘Chloe’

Low-seven-figure pickup for pic set for mid-2010 theatrical release.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has acquired U.S. rights to director Atom Egoyan’s "Chloe," SPWAG president Steve Bersch announced Thursday.

A source close to the deal said it was a low-seven-figure acquisition.

"Chloe," which had its world premiere last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, stars Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried. Erin Cressida Wilson ("Secretary") wrote the script.

Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck and Jeffrey Clifford of Montecito Picture Company produced the film, which is the first international production fully financed by StudioCanal.

SPWAG said it plans to release "Chloe" theatrically in the first half of 2010.

“’Chloe’ was one of those special projects that looked good on paper and fulfilled its promise on the big screen thanks to all involved and Atom’s great work. This really has been a huge title for us since we launched sales in Berlin and we were able to see a full return on our investment via pre-sales, which is a huge win in today’s environment,” StudioCanal’s Harold van Lier said in a statement.

The source close to the deal pointed out that there are still sales being made quietly, despite the pessimism flowing through the industry. "We don’t ever have tons of overnight sales out of Toronto," the source said. "But things are selling, and they are selling for real money."