Down Under Cover: Action Comedy, Starring Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish Acquired by Paramount

In what’s the biggest deal of the 2019 Cannes Film Fest market, Paramount has acquired worldwide rights to the Chris Hemsworth-Tiffany Haddish action comedy, Down Under Cover, making a $40 million budget offer.

Netflix also showed interest, offering $50 million. But Paramount, which is in town with Rocketman launch, closed the deal, for an inter-racial buddy comedy, slated for commercial release in 2020.

Universal bought the biggest package of last year’s Cannes market, the female-fronted spy film 355.

Both Down Under Cover and 355 are made by FilmNation, which has three other films in this year’s market including the Shailene Woodley psychological thriller Misanthrope.

But the two deals are slightly different, as Universal took U.S. rights to the Jessica Chastain starring 355 for $20 million, as opposed to Down Under Cover‘s worldwide rights.

Even before the deal, Down Under Cover seemed to be the most promising studio bet considering its star power, teaming up Avengers: Endgame’s action hero Hemsworth with proven comedy star Haddish.

Written by Peter Hoare, the film centers on Hemsworth, a cop who goes undercover to solve some casino heists, in which a group of Australian erotic dancers are suspected as culprits.

Comedian Tiffany Haddish plays an investigative detective, who clashes with her crime-solving partner.