Weinstein Co. looks to acquire 13B remake rights from BIG

MUMBAI: Reliance Big Pictures’ latest flick 13-B starring R Madhavan and Neetu Chandra, which released on 6 March in both Hindi and Tamil language versions, is now ready to take off internationally.

US distribution and production studio The Weinstein Company, which recently released The Reader that got Kate Winslet her Best Actress award at the Oscars, has shown a keen interest in buying the international remake rights of 13 B.

A Reliance spokesperson tells Businessofcinema.com, “Reliance Big Pictures is happy with its film 13 B and we want to exploit it internationally, as the thriller genre works well in such markets. We have sent 13 B’s script to a few independent studios and Weinstein has already shown interest.”

What’s more, the international sales team at Reliance Big Pictures is also eying to sell 13 B’s remake rights as well as home video distribution for far-East Asia and Western Europe.

Back in India, 13 B had a slow start at the box office. The Hindi version is doing well in Bangalore city, whereas the Tamil version Yavarum Nalam is fairing well in Chennai. Together, both the versions grossed Rs 150 – 160 million (Rs 15 – 16 crores) at the box office in the first week.

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