Sony Pictures International Productions has acquired remake rights for the Russian blockbuster comedy “Son of a Rich,” the country’s highest-grossing film of all time.
The studio has secured the Mexican, Indian, South Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian adaptation rights. The French rights have also been acquired by SND Films, and the Polish rights by Monolith Films.
Directed by Klim Shipenko, and starring leading Serbian actor Milos Bikovich, “Son of a Rich” is the story of an oligarch’s spoiled, bratty son who’s tricked by his father into believing he’s been reincarnated as a serf in a 19th-century village. Released in 2019, the film has grossed nearly $42 million in Russian cinemas, and more than $1.8 million internationally from its releases in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Israel, and other territories. Film produced by Yellow, Black and White studio.
Producer Eduard Iloyan said that the story of a 21st-century hero stripped of the conveniences of modern life is bound to resonate with international audiences as it has in Russia.
“We are very happy that foreign filmmakers also paid attention to this idea and decided to adapt it in their lands,” he said. “In the modern world of gadgets and social inequality, the lack of…connection is considered to be extreme, so this helps our hero, and along with him the viewer, to once again learn how to communicate with people, find a true friend, and find love.”
International sales are being handled by production and distribution powerhouse Central Partnership.