EXCLUSIVE: Rodrigo Cortes Unveils Details of 'Buried' Follow-Up

9:36 PM PST 11/05/2010 by Stuart Kemp

Buried director Rodrigo Cortes told a room full of heavy-hitting buyers at AFM what his follow-up film, Red Lights, is all about.

The UTA-packaged movie, produced by Adrian Guerra and Cortes and starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro, is being sold internationally here by GK Films' third-party pickup sales imprint Parlay Films.

Cortes first discussed his vision for the script before introducing Murphy to executives.

Red Lights revolves around a pair of skeptical investigators (Weaver, Murphy) on a mission to reveal practitioners (De Niro) of psychic arts as phonies.

At the end of his enthusiastic explanation, Cortes encouraged buyers at the private Viceroy breakfast to step up.

"Are there any questions?" he said before the silent room. "Good, so simply buy it then."

The charm offensive is working with the presale title -- it's not due to begin shooting until next year -- flying off the shelves.

Samuel and Victor Hadida's Metropolitan, Wild Bunch Germany, Dutchfilmworks for Benelux, Eagle for the Middle East and Pinema in Turkey have all stepped up to the deal memo plate.

Parlay Films, headed by sales veteran Lisa Wilson, expects it to be sold out by the end of the market with offers on the table for the U.K. and Italy. UTA's Independent Film Group, along with Guerra's Barcelona based Versus Entertainment structured the financing for the title.

Newly formed production and finance banner CSe Entertainment, run by Cindy Cowan and Soo Mi Kim, will co-finance the picture in association with Seoul-based Blue Storm Prods. with Versus. UTA reps domestic rights to the project, while Versus retains Spanish rights. South Korea rights are also retained by the producers.

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