This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.

TODAY Nicolas Cage Editorial (33) 4 97 06 85 35

Future strikes four-film $110m deal with Fusion

BY WENDY MITCHELL London and Los Angeles-based Future Film Group has made a $110m four-picture production deal with US producers Howard Kaplan and John Baldecchi and their company Fusion Films. The projects on the slate include

Stephen Sommers’ Odd Thomas (adapted from a Dean Koontz book) and Randall Wallace’s Mercenary set to star Channing Tatum and another “leading Hollywood actor”. Paul McGuigan will direct espi-

onage thriller The Diplomat, to star Christian Slater and Hayden Christensen.

Wild Bunch eats Lu’s Supper

BY NANCY TARTAGLIONE Wild Bunch has acquired The Last Supper from City Of Life And Death director Lu Chuan. The $15m project is an epic period piece pro- duced by Stellar Mega Films. The cast includes Liu Ye, Daniel Wu and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Drag- on’s Chang Chen. Principal photography started

on March 9 with an expected fi nish date of August 31. Wild Bunch is handling world sales, excluding Asia, on the story of two generals who fought for control of China at the end of the Qin Dynasty and started the Han Dynasty. City Of Life And Death was one

of China’s top-grossing films of 2009 with $26m at the local box offi ce. Beijing-based producer Stellar

Mega has Peter Chan’s Wu Xia screening out of competition in Cannes.

UTV Motion Pictures’ CEO Ronnie Screwvala (right) unveiled the company’s upcoming production Heroine, starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (centre) and directed by Madhur Bhandarkar (left), at Cannes on Friday. Rai will play the role of a fictional superstar in the film, which is scheduled to start shooting in June. Liz Shackleton

Ossard gears up for space race

BY NANCY TARTAGLIONE Producers Chris Bolzli and Claudie Ossard (Amélie) are gearing up for Gagarin: Race For The Stars. The film will be a large European co- production and the producers are in Cannes to identify partners and funders. The Cold War-era story is about

Fortissimo moves for Seediq Bale

Fortissimo Films has picked up Taiwanese 1930s-set epic Seediq Bale, directed by Wei Te-sheng whose Cape No. 7 is the highest- grossing local film ever in Taiwan. Terence Chang, John Woo and

Taiwan’s Jimmy Huang are producing the $25m film, while the cast includes aboriginal Taiwanese actors and Ando Masanobu and Vivian Hsu. The film was co-produced by ARS Film

the ex-SS officer heading the US space programme while Sergei Korolev pushed his men on the Russian side. The English-language script is

from Michael Thomas. An A-list European director and big-name international cast are expected to come on board.

Production, Central Motion Picture Corporation (CMPC) and Ji Fu Group. The deal for international rights

was negotiated by Huang and Jade Lee of CMPC and Michael J Werner and Esther Yeung of Fortissimo.

Liz Shackleton The deal also includes epic

adventure Nicholas North from Antti Jokinen, set to star Julianne Moore. That fi lm will shoot from September in the UK, Finland and Ireland. Future Film Group is also work-

ing with NDF and Pathé Interna- tional for Omid Nooshin’s action thriller Last Passenger to star Dougray Scott. Future CEO Stephen Margolis

said: “We are fi nally reaching our goal of being a fi nance and produc- tion house that can work at the highest level with creative produc- ers both here in the UK and US.”

AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL Advertising (33) 4 97 06 85 37

Sales accelerate for Footnote, Melancholia

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB AND NANCY TARTAGLIONE Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North and Latin American rights for Joseph Cedar’s Competition title Footnote from WestEnd Films prior to the fi lm’s offi cial premiere today. The deal was brokered by WestEnd and ICM. Australian distributor Madman

and Israeli distributor Lev Cinemas have bought the rights to Lars von Trier’s Melancholia just a few days before its May 18 Competition pre- miere. TrustNordisk handles sales. Among market titles, Mia Hansen-Love’s Goodbye First Love

has been a hot seller for Films Dis- tribution, with US buyers circling. The fi lm has already sold to the UK (Artifi cial Eye), Australia (Palace), Switzerland (Frenetic) and Italy (Teodora), company co-founder Nicolas Brigaud-Robert told Screen. The film, now in post, is about

how a girl’s fi rst love will impact her future adult life. Brigaud-Robert called Hansen-Love “one of, if not the, most promising young direc- tors of her generation”. MK2 has sold Olivier Assayas’

Something In The Air, about a stu- dent in 1970s Paris, to North Amer- ica (IFC) and Germany (NFP).

Diana doc stirs controversy

BY SARAH COOPER Keith Allen says his controversial Princess Diana documentary, Unlawful Killing, is unlikely to receive a release in the UK for legal reasons. Actor-turned-director Allen said

he had refused to make the 87 changes suggested by his lawyers. “But it’s an ongoing process, and it may still be seen,” he said, adding he would talk to the BFI London Film Festival about screening it. Tensions were running high at

Allen’s post-screening press confer- ence, where he was forced to defend his fi lm which argues among other things that the UK media failed to report correctly on the inquest into Diana’s death, due to pressure from the “establishment”. Allen also came under fire for

not making it clear the film has been entirely funded by Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son, Dodi, also died in the August 1997 car crash in Paris. Allen said he tried to get funding

from Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and the BBC before turning to Al Fayed. The Harrods boss was not at the

press conference, but his spokes- person confirmed he had put up the film’s $4m (£2.5m) budget and that he was “delighted with the fi lm”.

Cage rage Lionsgate UK takes hot market titles including Nicolas Cage starrer » PAGE 5

REVIEWS Sexual revolution Hagar Ben Asher explores fierce feminist statements in The Slut » PAGE 24

DIARY Michael calling Markus Schleinzer moves from casting to directing » PAGE 30

Elle Driver takes on Bachelorette with Dunst

BY NANCY TARTAGLIONE Elle Driver has taken on black comedy The Bachelorette for world sales, outside North America where CAA is repping. The fi lm, written and directed by

Leslye Headland, is produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and BCDF Pictures. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jessica Elbaum, Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra and Lau- ren Munsch are producers. Chris Henchy is executive producing. Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan,

Adam Scott and Casey Wilson are to star. The indie is about three women

who reunite for the wedding of an old school nemesis.

Egyptian actor to boycott film

Controversy has kicked off ahead of next week’s screening of Egyptian revolution omnibus 18 Days. Leading Egyptian actor Amr Waked (who acted in one short film and co-produced another) has revealed he will be boycotting the Cannes Egyptian event. “The presence of certain

artists in this event who hailed the old regime and have not reconciled with the people yet makes it difficult for me to attend,” the actor wrote in a letter to Cannes boss Thierry Frémaux. The festival could not be

reached for comment at press time.

Geoffrey Macnab


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86