Optimum unveils nine-title slate pickup

Including films from Terrence Malick, Luc Besson

LONDON -- Studio Canal-owned U.K. distribution label Optimum Releasing is loading up its slate for this year and beyond, picking up release duties to nine titles including Terrence Malick's untitled movie due to shoot later this year in Oklahoma.

Written by Malick, the romantic drama boasts a cast including Christian Bale, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Olga Kurylenko.

Also on the slate is Luc Besson's fantasy action adventure "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec," starring Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, and Jean-Paul Rouve. Set in early 20th Century Paris, the movie tells the story of a popular novelist/detective and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, dinosaurs, and other distractions and is based on cartoonist Jacques Tardi's original stories.

Fight choreographer Yuen Woo Ping's martial arts adventure "True Legend" and Tony Jaa's "Ong Bak 3" also highkick their way onto Optimum's release slate.

Other titles are Kim Chapiron's U.S.-set prison drama "Dog Pound," the Kristin Scott Thomas, Melusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup and Aidan Quinn starrer Gilles Paquet-Brenner's drama "Sarah's Key," "Julia's Eyes," directed by and co-written by Guillem Morales and Patrice Pooyard's documentary "The Revelation of the Pyramids."

Rounding out the latest list of material for the U.K. distributor is Pierre Thoretton's documentary "L'Amour Fou," which examines the relationship between Yves Saint Laurent and his life companion Pierre Berge.
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