Berlin 2012: Schwarzenegger and Stallone's 'The Tomb' Sells Around the Globe
BERLIN -- Summit Entertainment enjoyed a busy European Film Market, virtually selling out of two high-profile titles -- Arnold Schwarzenegger-Sylvestor Stallone action pic The Tomb and Richard LaGravenese's book-to-film adaptation Beautiful Creatures.
Both presale projects drew big numbers. In Germany, for example, Herbert Kloiber’s Tele-Munchen Group paid in the high seven figures for Beautiful Creatures, a supernatural coming-of-age project hoping to be the next Twilight or Hunger Games.
Alcon Entertainment is backing Beautiful Creatures in the U.S., where it will be released by Warner Bros. The plot revolves around two star-crossed teens -- an ordinary local boy and a mysterious new girl -- who uncover dark secrets about their own history and their families.
Emma Thompson has joined the Beautiful Creatures cast and is set to play the dual role of Mrs. Lincoln, a small-town religious firebrand, and Sarafine, who is the dark witch who possesses her. Thompson joins Viola Davis, the first actress cast for the film. The other actors are relative newcomers, including leads Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert.
Alcon’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove are producing Beautiful Creatures, as are Erwin Stoff and Molly Smith.
The Tomb, an Emmett-Furla Films/Mark Canton production, was another hot property at EFM. Summit has worldwide rights to the project and will release the movie domestically. Production is set to begin in Louisiana this spring.
The story follows the foremost authority on structural security (Stallone) who faces the most challenging test of his career — escaping from the prison he's designed. Schwarzenegger plays an inmate.
Lionsgate's The Expendables 2 also pairs Stallone and Schwarzenegger and hits theaters this summer.