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The Smiths Drama ‘Shoplifters of the World’ Sells to RLJE Films

AMC Networks-owned RLJE Films has swooped for U.S. rights to “Shoplifters of the World.”

Impressed by true occasions, “Shoplifters of the World” is about over the course of one evening in the life of 4 pals who’re reeling from the sudden dissolution of British band The Smiths. The similar night, an area radio station can be hijacked by an armed, impassioned Smiths fan, leading to a madcap night that sends up the spirit of the 1980s.

Starring Joe Manganiello (“Magic Mike”) as the radio DJ and Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”) as the hijacker, the movie additionally stars Helena Howard (“Madeline’s Madeline”) and Elena Kampouris (“Earlier than I Fall”). “Shoplifters of the World” is written and directed by Stephen Kijak (“We Are X”) and in addition options 20 tracks from The Smiths.

The U.Ok.’s WestEnd Films, which is dealing with worldwide rights, has additionally offered the movie into Japan (Parco), China (Time-in-Portrait Leisure), the Center East (Entrance Row), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo Audiovisuais), Turkey (Fabula) and Taiwan (B-Aspect Movie). WestEnd is overseeing gross sales for the title at this week’s Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant.

The U.S. distribution deal was negotiated by Mark Ward and Jess De Leo at RLJE Films and the producers. RLJE Films, which not too long ago distributed the Shia LaBeouf-starring “The Tax Collector,” is planning to launch “Shoplifters” early subsequent yr.

CAA Media Finance helped to organize financing on the movie.

“With ‘Shoplifters of the World,’ Stephen Kijak brilliantly transports us proper again to the 1980s with the wonderful look of the movie and the unbelievable soundtrack,” stated Ward, chief acquisitions officer for RLJE Films. “We’re extremely excited to deliver this story and these nice performances to U.S. audiences in 2021.”

“Shoplifters of the World” is produced by Untitled Leisure’s Laura Rister (“The Story”), 3:59’s Joe and Nick Manganiello (“La Naked”) and Piccadilly Footage’ Christopher Figg. Additionally producing are Phil Hoelting, Adam Schoon and Lorianne Corridor. Robert Whitehouse, from Piccadilly Footage, is government producing.

WestEnd Films’ TIFF slate additionally contains Pierce Brosnan-starrer “The Final Rifleman,” Frieda Pinto and Constance Wu’s “Mr. Malcolm’s Checklist” and the Ewan McGregor-led “The Cow.”

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