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SPC observes 'Heroes' with int'l pickups

NEW YORK -- Sony Pictures Classics has sealed a deal to acquire North American, United Kingdom, Italian and German distribution rights to writer-helmer Dan Harris' Imaginary Heroes, starring Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Daniels, Emile Hirsch and Michelle Williams. The SPC team began negotiating to pick up the film earlier this year at the Festival de Cannes. Produced by Illana Diamant and Art Linson, Heroes explores the lives of a seemingly ordinary American family, revealing that nothing is as it seems.

New 'Heroes': Daniels, Pardue into family fare

Jeff Daniels and Kip Pardue have joined Sigourney Weaver and Emile Hirsch in the indie Imaginary Heroes for writer-turned-director Dan Harris. Production is scheduled to start Aug. 14 in New Jersey. The darkly comic drama revolves around the secrets and lies of American families. It tells the story of a four-member family and how they deal with the suicide of the eldest son, an accomplished swimmer idolized by the community and his parents as being the "perfect boy" (Pardue). Daniels will star as the father, with Weaver playing the mother and Hirsch the youngest son. Harris is directing from his own original screenplay. Producers on the project include Signature's Moshe and Illana Diamant (Tristan & Isolde), Art Linson (Spartan), Gina Resnick (Prey for Rock and Roll) and Denise Shaw (Bed of Roses). William Morris Independent packaged the indie project and is repping the distribution rights for the film. Daniels is repped by ICM. Pardue, who is in Ireland filming Whiter Shade of Pale opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt, is repped by CAA and the Untitled Entertainment/Parseghian/Planco management outfit.

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