Digest: Harlin heads 'Brodie's Law'
Hitler stands trial for Wheel
CANNES -- Wheel Medien, the media consultancy group headed by former Cinerenta boss Rainer Bienger, is at Cannes shopping around the rights to Michael Grandt's Nuremberg potboiler "The Hitler Tribunal." The four-volume epic, the first installment of which was published last year by Gryphon Publishers, is a blow-by-blow documentary account of the Nuremberg tribunal of Nazi leaders at the end of WWII. With one major, fictional addition: Adolf Hitler did not commit suicide before the Russian army reached his bunker but survived to stand trial. Bienger is pitching the project as a "Judgment at Nuremberg" meets "Boys From Brazil." As head of Cinerenta, Bienger bankrolled such U.S. indie productions as "Prozac Nation," "A Map of the World" and "How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog."
Shill in the 'Pink'
CANNES -- British writer-director Steve Shill will make his feature helming debut with the edgy film "Silky Pink." Shill, who has directed episodes of such critically acclaimed TV series as "The Sopranos," "Rome," "Deadwood," "The Wire" and "Big Love," is hot off the success of "The Tudors" miniseries, which he executive produced and for which he directed the pilot. The Little Film Co. will be representing "Silky Pink" at the Festival de Cannes. Shill, who is executive producing and directing the eight-hour, $25 million miniseries "The Kill Point" for Spike TV, was nominated for a 2006 WGA Award for his writing on "Deadwood." Casting for "Silky Pink" is under way with shooting set for the fall in the U.K.
Cinema Libre sprinkles 'Angels' dust
CANNES -- Cinema Libre Studio has acquired U.S. distribution rights and nondomestic sales rights to Participant Prods. and Dream Out Loud Films' South African orphanage docu "Angels in the Dust." Louise Hogarth's feature follows a woman who established a village and school to help more that 500 children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. "Dust," produced by James Egan and Hogarth and executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann, won the Emerging Pictures/Full Frame Audience Award at this year's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Cinema Libre, which is selling the film at the Festival de Cannes, will release it in select U.S. theaters in the fall.