German Buyers Rebound in Cannes After Slow Berlin Fest (Cannes)
CANNES -- German buyers have wasted no time in snatching up many of the top titles on offer at this year’s Cannes market, with the territory’s top distributors filling their slates before the first weekend.
Constantin Film shelled out for two of Sierra/Affinity’s big-budget titles: the sci-fi epic Ender’s Game, based on the novel by Orson Scott Carr to be directed by X-Men Orgins: Wolverine helmer Gavin Hood, and Parker, a Jason Statham vehicle based on a series of novels by Richard Stark about an honorable thief.
Constantin also cut into Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, buying the horror reboot from Nu Image/Millennium Films.
“After a very slow Berlin, where there wasn’t much of anything on offer, this has been a great market,” said Constantin Film production Martin Moszkowicz.
Concorde, which last year beat out Constantin to become Germany’s No. 1 indie distributor, picked up Host, the adaptation of the Stephanie Meyer novel of the same name featuring Hanna star Saoirse Ronan from Inferno Entertainment. Concorde has released all the Twilight movies in Germany through its output deal with Summit Entertainment and will be bowing the last two titles in the franchise: Breaking Dawn 1 and 2.
In another big buy for the German market, StudioCanal subsidiary Kinowelt grabbed rights to FilmNation’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, starring Julia Roberts and to be directed by Indian helmer Tarsem Singh.