Santa Monica - AFM buyers are daring to Imagine, as Mister Smith Entertainment locked down multiple territories for the new drama starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner and Julianne Moore.
Mister Smith - the new production and sale joint venture launched earlier this year by ex-Summit Entertainment executive David Garrett and German mini-major Constantin Film - sealed deals for Imagine with eOne for the U.K. and Benelux; with Roadshow Films for Australia/New Zealand; TF1 for France; Nordisk for Scandinavia; Mediapro for Eastern Europe; Imagem Filmes for Latin America; Pioneer in the Philippines and United King for Israel.
The directorial debut of Dan Fogelman, the screenwriter of Crazy, Stupid, Love and animated features Bolt and Tangled, Imagine focuses on Danny Collins (Pacino), an ageing musician who, finding an old letter written to his 19-year-old self by John Lennon, is inspired to change his life and try to reconnect with his biological son (Renner).
Imagine was originally set up with Warner Brothers but is now being independently financed by Shivani Rawat and Nimmit Mankad's Inimitable Pictures via a film fund backed by 5 Hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava.
Denise DiNovi (Batman Returns; Crazy, Stupid, Love) Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and Nimitt Mankad (Today's Special) will produce with Rawat as executive producer.
Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales for the film with WME Global taking on U.S. sales tidies.
Imagine is currently in pre-production and set to being filming late April/early May 2013.