Sci-Fi Tales “Colossal,” “Mondays” Sell At Toronto

In a rather strange turn of events, the U.S. film rights to the Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens-led kaiju film “Colossal” have been sold to an unspecified Chinese-based media company.

That company paid a reported mid-seven figures for the film and is guaranteeing a significant 2017 theatrical release. So who bought it? That will reportedly be revealed in the next few weeks when the group announces its investment in a new U.S. studio.

Nacho Vigalondo (“Timecrimes”) helms the film in which Hathaway plays a woman who becomes convinced that the power of her mind is connected to the rampage of a giant lizard that has just started destroying Seoul, and that she alone can halt the destruction.

In other acquisitions, Netflix is in final negotiations to acquire the Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close and Willem Dafoe-led sci-fi thriller “What Happened to Monday?”. Though not an official selection, the project was screened at the Toronto Film Festival and has reportedly sold out.

Tommy Wirkola (“Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters”) helms the project in which Rapace takes on six different roles in a story set in a post-apocalyptic world where families are forced to only have one child.

Kerry Williamson (“Alex Cross”) and Max Botkin (“Robosapien: Rebooted”) penned the script while Raffaella De Laurentiis, Philippe Rousselet and Fabrice Gianfermi are producing.

Sources: Deadline & Variety