Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired a slew of territories to Bleed For This, which stars Miles Teller as boxing champ Vinny Pazienza. Sony has acquired all rights to Germany, France, Spain, Benelux, Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Greece and South Africa.
The Bleed For This script was written by Younger, best known for writing and directing Boiler Room and the Meryl Streep-starrer Prime. Teller is the fast rising young star of the prestige films Whiplash and The Spectacular Now, and he follows the Divergent franchise by starring in The Fantastic Four. Eckhart, who starred in Olympus Has Fallen and The Dark Knight, plays Kevin Rooney, the outspoken former trainer of Mike Tyson. Against the orders of his doctors — who told him he was lucky he wasn’t paraplegic and who drilled four screws into his skull to hold a halo healing device — Pazienza resumed training and made a triumphant ring return just over a year after his accident, to win a title. It is a real Rocky-like comeback tale. Katey Sagal plays the fighter’s mom in the film.
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