Less than a week after we reported on Warner Bros. Discovery’s circling of buzzy Sundance documentary Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story, the studio has closed the deal valued at $15M, Deadline has learned, acquiring worldwide rights to the pic, which was one of the most buzzed-about titles of this year’s festival.
WBD’s DC Studios, Warner Bros. Motion Pictures, HBO, CNN Films and Max jointly sought out the project and will collaborate on the film’s global release across theatrical and home viewing release windows. Super/Man‘s deal with the studio was natural given that it’s the home of the Superman films, which shot Reeve to stardom, before the tragic horse riding accident that left him a quadriplegic dependent on a ventilator to breathe.
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“Everyone at Warner Bros. Discovery is incredibly proud to come together as one company to partner with Christopher Reeve’s family and the filmmakers behind Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story and bring his personal journey to audiences the world over,” said a spokesperson for the studio. “WBD’s DC Studios, Warner Bros. Motion Pictures, HBO, CNN Films and Max are grateful for the opportunity to honor one of our company’s most cherished creative partners and to celebrate Christopher’s rich life and career.”
Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui directed the film, focused on how Reeve found strength and purpose through disability activism, and co-wrote with Otto Burnham. Pic’s producers include Bonhote, Robert Ford, and Lizzie Gillett. Exec producers are Daniel Kilroy, Kristen Lappas, Marie Margolius, Mark Meatto, David Moulton, Andee Ryder, Connor Schell, and Libby Geist from Words + Pictures. The film is produced by Words+Pictures, a North Road Company, as well as Passion Pictures and Misfits Entertainment in association with Jenco Films.
Cinetic Media repped the project’s sale.
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