Italian crime thriller ‘Diabolik’ sells out big – The Hollywood Reporter

Diabolicala new adaptation of the cult Italian comic about the titular master thief, has sold out across Europe and has also secured major deals for South Korea and Latin America.

Beta Cinema, which is handling the film’s global sales, announced on Wednesday that it has signed deals with Metropolitan in France, Flins & Piniculas in Spain and Sun Distribution Group for Portugal and Latin America for the action thriller, starring Giacomo Gianniotti (Grey’s Anatomy) like Diabolik. Mongrel Media secured the Canadian rights to the feature, with Contents Gate taking Korea, AV-Jet International getting Taiwan and Discovery acquiring the rights in the former Yugoslavia.

Marco and Antonio Manetti, directed the new Diabolical adaptation, setting the story, like the comic book original, in the fictional Italian town of Clerville in the 1960s. Miriam Leone and Valerio Mastandrea co-starred. The feature film topped Italy’s David di Donatello awards, the local equivalent of the Oscars, with 11 nominations. The David di Donatello awards will be presented on May 3.

One of the most popular comic book series of all time, Diabolical has sold over 150 million copies worldwide. There have been several previous adaptations, including a much-mocked 1968 feature Danger: Diabolical by director Mario Bava, starring John Phillip Law, and an animated series that aired on Fox Kids in Europe and Latin America in 2000-2001.

In 2012, the European pay-TV group Sky announced plans to adapt a series of Diabolical but the project did not progress.

Beta will launch presales for Diabolical sequels to the Cannes Film Market next month

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