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Celluloid Dreams has optioned big-screen adaptation rights to Philip K. Dick's sci-fi novel "UBIK." Slated for an early 2009 production start, "UBIK" is being co-produced by Celluloid's Hengameh Panahi and Electric Shepherd Prods.' Isa Dick Hackett, the author's daughter. Dick stories turned into major movies include "Blade Runner," "Total Recall," "Minority Report" and "A Scanner Darkly."
'Waltz' sales dance
The buzz Competition title "Waltz With Bashir" has racked up several major territory sales, with the Match Factory selling Ari Folman's animated documentary to Lucky Red for Italy, Golem for Spain, Cineart in Benelux, Canada's Seville Pictures and Seven One in Greece. The film, which traces the director's recovered memory of atrocities during the 1982 Lebanon war, closed deals for France (Le Pacte), Germany (Pandora) and the U.K. (Artificial Eye) just before Cannes.
IFC catches 'Chaser'
IFC is continuing its Cannes buying spree, acquiring North American rights to the South Korean serial killer thriller "The Chaser." Na Hong-jin's official festival selection trails a pimp on the hunt for a patron who has been killing off his employees. The deal for the sixth new Cannes title to be picked up by IFC was negotiated by the distributor's Elizabeth Nastro with Finecut's Youngjoo Suh.