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Filmax offers Invader Filmax is selling Daniel Calparsoro’s thriller Invader, from Morena and Vaca Films (who worked together on Cell 211). The film is shooting now in the Canary Islands and Galicia in Spain until the end of December. France’s Mandarin Cinema has partially financed and acquired the theatrical, DVD and TV rights for France.


Bloomage secures fairytale deal New Korean outfit Bloomage has taken local rights to The Institute’s live-action 3D re-imagining of Hansel And Gretel, due to go into production in early 2012. The big-budget fantasy is being produced by Scott Gardenhour of The Institute and Kira Madallo Sesay of Kalliope Films.


Considine is given new Honour Paddy Considine is to star in Shan Khan’s debut feature Honour, a contemporary thriller backed by CinemaNX. The film starts shooting next week on the Isle of Man and in Glasgow.


Silva sparkles for Cinemavault Cinemavault has sold documentary Anderson Silva: Like Water to Transmission Films in Australia/New Zealand, while its sub-distributor Paramount Home Entertainment will handle the video release. California Filmes in Brazil has taken rights for Latin America. The film is about a mixed martial arts fighter.


EMP, Le Vision team for Derek Yee project


BY LIZ SHACKLETON Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) and Beijing-based Le Vision Pictures are joining forces to produce a murder mys- tery that will reunite Hong Kong director Lo Chi-leung and producer Derek Yee. The as-yet-untitled $12m


project has been quietly in pre-production outside Shanghai for the past few months. The cast will be headed by Hong Kong stars Nicholas Tse and Lau Ching-wan and up-and- coming mainland Chinese actress Yang Me. Principal photography is


scheduled to start this month for a summer 2012 release. Distribution in China will be handled by Le Vision Pictures, while EMP will handle sales and distri- bution for the rest of the world. The period thriller marks


the first time Lo and Yee have worked together in


Derek Yee


more than a decade follow- ing their successful collabo- ration on films such as Viva Erotica, Double Tap and Inner Senses. Le Vision Pictures is the


recently established pro- duction arm of Chinese online video company LeTV. The ambitious com- pany recently hired Zhang Zhao, the former CEO of Enlight Pictures, to head up its production activities. “Films like Inner Senses


and Double Tap have pushed the boundaries of their particular genres and were truly cutting-edge in their time. We are confident this new production will be a worthy successor,” said EMP CEO Albert Lee.


Hong Kong-based We Distribution has sold Andrew Lau’s The Guillotines to Well Go USA for North America. The $15m action thriller, whose cast and crew are pictured above, has also gone to Germany and Benelux (Splendid Films) and Australia/New Zealand (Icon Film Distribution). Currently in production,


the film is produced by Peter Ho-sun Chan’s We Pictures and Hong Kong’s Media Asia Film Production with Stellar Mega Films, Dingsheng Cultural Industry Investment Co and Polyface Films. We Distribution is handling international sales outside Asia, while Media Asia handles Asian territories excluding China. Liz Shackleton


Summit renews Aurum output deal ANDRE RELIS, PRESIDENT ARELIS@VMIWORLDWIDE.COM BRITTANY BOWEN, VICE PRESIDENT BMULLIKIN@VMIWORLDWIDE.COM


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BY JEREMYKAY Summit has renewed its Spanish output deal with Aurum following a similar move earlier this week with Eastern European distribu- tor Media Pro. Aurum Producciones is


the Alliance Films subsidi- ary and gets exclusive rights


n 6 Screen International at the AFM November 4, 2011


for three years to all Sum- mit Entertainment films. The arrangement covers films produced by Summit through October 2014, and includes Louis Leterrier’s heist project Now You See Me and the Highlander reboot. “I look forward to


expanding our partnership with Aurum through this deal,” Summit International president David Garrett said. “They have achieved great success with Sum- mit’s films in Spain and we are certain this will con- tinue with the three-year deal we embark on today.”


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