Acquisitions: Night, Benghazi, Virgin

“Columbia Pictures has snapped up US rights to James Gray’s drama “We Own the Night” for $11.5 million plus a $25 million P&A commitment. The $25 million film, which Gray also wrote, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a New York nightclub manager in the 1980s who is trying to save his brother (Mark Wahlberg) and father (Robert Duvall) from the Russian mafia. Sony will release in the Fall…” (full details)

“Sixth Sense Prods. has secured the life rights of the “Benghazi Six,” hoping to raise awareness of their plight. It’s real-life story of a Palestinian doctor and five Bulgarian nurses imprisoned in Libya on charges of deliberately infecting 240 Libyan children with HIV…” (full details)

“Richard Branson’s Virgin Comics and Indian movie shingle Studio 18 have inked a deal to develop a slate of teen horror properties spanning films, TV and games. Pair will first develop stories as graphic novels to be published worldwide by Virgin…” (full details)