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IM Global draws Blood Further details have emerged on IM Global’s new sales title Blood starring Paul Bettany, Brian Cox and Stephen Graham. IM Global is co-financing the thriller with BBC Films while Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris’ Neal Street Productions is producing alongside Nicola Shindler’s Red Productions. Nick Murphy will direct.


W2 surfs with Dennis Wilson biopic Distribution, sales and financing company W2 Media will commence pre-sales at AFM on Dennis Wilson biopic The Drummer, starring Aaron Eckhart, after paying a seven- figure advance for rights. Randall Miller directs from a screenplay by Jody Savin.


Melissa Leo and Hayden Panettiere go Over The Wall Melissa Leo and Hayden Panettiere have joined Nick Stahl and Freddy Rodriguez on Over The Wall, a drama that worldwide rights holder Indomina Releasing is selling here at the AFM.


Naked Soldier heads into battle for Mega-Vision Hong Kong sales outfit Mega- Vision has closed territories on Marco Mak’s martial-arts action film Naked Soldier, currently in post, including to Malaysia (Golden Screen), Middle East (Gulf Film) and Turkey (ANC Film). As the company seeks out bigger budget fare, Mega-Vision is also introducing buyers to $10m-budgeted Once Upon A Time In Shanghai from Mega- Vision producer Wong Jing (Naked Soldier) and director Wong Ching Po (Revenge: A Love Story). Philip Ng stars (Naked Soldier).


Myriad eyes Freeloaders Myriad Pictures has acquired international sales rights from Broken Lizard to the slacker rock comedy Freeloaders. Dan Rosen directed a cast that includes Jane Seymour, Dave Foley, Olivia Munn and Clifton Collins Jr.


Arrow summons Séance Arrow Entertainment has come on board Berkshire Axis Media’s Séance: The Summoning, produced by Chris Webster (Hellraiser). Bobby Campo and Devon Ogden star. Alex Wright writes and directs. The film screens here today.


Sony takes North America on Bel Ami


BY WENDY MITCHELL Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisi- tions (SPWA) has taken North American rights from sales com- pany Protagonist Pictures to Bel Ami, starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Tho- mas and Christina Ricci. The deal was negotiated by


Michael Helfand, EVP of business affairs, and Tana Evans, VP of acquisitions and distribution for SPWA with Protagonist CEO Ben Roberts. The international rollout of the


film will start in February 2012. Protagonist has widely sold the


film, including deals for the UK, Germany and France (StudioCa- nal), Italy (Rai Cinema), Australia (Hopscotch), Benelux (Independ- ent), Switzerland (Impuls), Scan-


Bel Ami


dinavia (Scanbox), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), South Korea (UniKorea), Taiwan (SSG), CIS (Central Partnership), Eastern Europe (Ablo), Turkey (Ozen), Portugal (Lusomundo), Middle


East (Front Row), Latin America (California), India (PVR), Indone- sia (PT Amero), Philippines (Pio- neer), South Africa (Nu Metro), Singapore (Passion Encore) and Greece/Cyprus (Hollywood).


Cast sparks for Static


Milo Ventimiglia, Sara Paxton, Sarah Shahi and William Mapother have joined the cast of Static, about a grieving novelist and his wife forced into a game of cat and mouse with masked intruders. Imagination Worldwide is


selling international rights on the New Artists Alliance production in association with Caliber Media Co, Divide Pictures and Ozone Entertainment. Preferred Content is handling domestic. Todd Levin is directing and


co-wrote the screenplay with Gabriel Cowan, Andrew Orci and John Suits. All four are producing. Meanwhile, Preferred Content


has promoted Christine D’Souza to VP of content sales and project financing.


Jeremy Kay Slash talks horror project Nothing To Fear


BY JEREMY KAY Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was at the AFM on Wednesday with his Slasher Films partners to dis- cuss their upcoming horror film Nothing To Fear. Content is selling international


rights on the creepy tale starring Anne Heche, William Holland, Rafi Gavron and Jennifer Stone, set to begin principal photography in Louisiana on February 13. The genial rocker and his part-


Ronan Bennett pens bomb- squad thriller


BY WENDY MITCHELL Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies) is writing a new London-set action thriller for Chris Coen’s UK-based Unanimous Entertain- ment and Los Angeles-based Sty- lopik, which is financing the development. The story, which is based on


real events, is about a bomb detective squad in pursuit of a group of terrorists. Coen and Rebecca L Brown of


Stylopik will produce and are here at the AFM to discuss the project with sales companies and buyers.


n 2 Screen International at the AFM November 4, 2011


Los Angeles-based Maya Entertainment has acquired domestic rights from HSI Films to the Venezuelan box-office smash The Zero Hour (La Hora Cero). The deal on the action thriller includes plans for a 2012 video-on-demand release. Maya’s director of acquisitions, Tonantzin Esparza, negotiated the deal with Eric Christenson of HSI Films.


ners Michael Williams and Rob Eric announced their company at Sundance earlier this year. Slasher aims to make two sub-$10m films a year. “Horror has always been a pas-


sion of mine and I wanted to get into it somehow,” Slash told Screen. “Rob and I had this fantas- tic conversation and that got the creative juices flowing, and he said I could get involved on the creative side.”


When Slasher acquired


Jonathan WC Mills’ screenplay the company sent it to Anthony Leon- ardi, an artist who had worked with Gore Verbinski on the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise. Leonardi, who will direct,


responded to the story of a pastor who relocates his family to the Kansas town of Stull, allegedly the site of one of the gates of hell. “In the genre world, a lot of ideas seem redundant. But when I


got the script from Slasher Films, I loved it,” said Leonardi. “The story reminded me of the creepy sensi- bility of The Stepford Wives with the gradual build-up of tension.” Content expects plenty of inter-


est from buyers this week and will work with Slasher to promote the project through social media, mobilising the more than 10 mil- lion fans who follow Slash on Twit- ter and Facebook. They plan to show first footage at Cannes 2012.


Green Isle, Allegiance in $60m deal


BY JEREMY KAY Los Angeles-based production company Green Isle Entertain- ment (GIE), led by veterans Edwin Larson and Scott Vandiver, has launched with backing from a $60m multi-title deal with invest- ment bank Allegiance Capital Corporation. First up on the GIE slate are UK comedies Little Lucky and Home From Home, which are scheduled to shoot in 2012. GIE and Allegiance Capital will


Jeremy Kay


work with tax advisory firm Con- trarian Tax Unit to manage for- eign tax credits. GIE plans to set up shop in the UK.


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