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Pelé film to kick off at Cannes – movieScope

PELÉ tells the inspirational story of Pelé’s rise to glory, from his impoverished youth in Brazil to a soccer prodigy who put the hopes and dreams of his country on his shoulders, to lead Brazil to its first ever world cup victory in 1958 and become the greatest player that ever lived.

The film is currently in pre-production for an August 2013 start date. International sales will be handled by Exclusive Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution, Alex Walton, who will introduce the film to international buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Pelé will be attending the festival to support the international launch of the film. US domestic rights are jointly repped by CAA and WME.

Imagine Entertainment and Seine Pictures licensed Pelé’s life rights from Sports Licensing International B.V. The deals were negotiated by WME on behalf of Pelé, Paul Kemsley, Michael and Jeff Zimbalist and Sports Licensing International B.V; CAA on behalf of Imagine Entertainment; Michael Mayerson and Kevin Garlitz of Loeb&Loeb on behalf of Seine Pictures; and Exclusive Media’s COO of International, Paul Davidge.

The film’s producers are Brian Grazer, Ivan Orlic, Kim Roth and Dany Wolf, with Pelé, Paul Kemsley and Guy East as Executive Producers.