eOne takes Brian De Palma’s Passion for North America


Entertainment One has acquired the North American rights to the Brian De Palma-directed thriller Passion, which stars Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams.

That acquisition follows IFC Films negotiating during the Toronto International Film Festival to take the U.S. rights from ICM Partners.

In the end, the remake of Alain Corneau’s 2010 French noir Love Crime goes to Entertainment One, which is making a bigger move beyond Canada and into the U.S. theatrical market.

“We’re delighted to add Passion to the 2013 domestic slate. Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace performances are captivating and De Palma delivers another great thriller that audiences have already embraced at Venice and Toronto,” David Reckziegel, President, eOne Films North America, said in a statement Friday.

ICM Partners made a big push for a U.S. sale for Passion after the thriller about two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business bowed in competition in Venice.

The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners with SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd, and Sejin Croninger, vice president of worldwide acquisitions and Reckziegel for Entertainment One.

ICM Partners also represents Brian De Palma.

Passion is expected to hit theatres in the U.S. and Canada in early 2013.