Saban Films in Negotiations for 'How to Make Love Like an Englishman'

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Jessica Alba

Haim Saban's company is angling the U.S. distribution rights to the film, which stars Jessica Alba and Pierce Brosnan

Saban Films is in negotiations for the U.S. distribution rights to How to Make Love Like an Englishman, starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba.

The film centers on a Cambridge University professor (Brosnan) who meets his match in Hayek's character and reevaluates his hedonistic lifestyle when he gets her graduate student stepsister (Alba) pregnant. Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas) directed, and screenwriter Matthew Newman is making his feature debut with the comedy.

The project would be the latest addition to a fast-expanding slate for the distribution company launched earlier this year by producer Haim Saban. Its first acquisition was Tommy Lee Jones' western The Homesman, which co-stars Hilary Swank and is building awards buzz. Its other films include the John Travolta art heist film The Forger and the Nicholas Cage thriller The Trust.

Saban president Bill Bromiley and director of business development Ness Saban are negotiating on behalf of the company. CAA is negotiating on behalf of the producers.

How to Make Love Like an Englishman boasts a brilliant ensemble cast with laugh-out-loud moments and a tremendous amount of heart. We've found the perfect comedy to diversify the Saban Films slate," said Bromiley in a statement.

Southpaw Entertainment's Richard B. Lewis and Irish DreamTime's Beau St. Clair produced the film with PalmStar Media Capital's Kevin   Frakes and Raj Brinder SinghRemington ChaseGrant Cramer and Simon Orange.

Brosnan, Michael R. Williams, Myles Nestel, Lisa Wilson, Matthew Newman, Stephan Martiroysan, Stuart Brown and Mike Sullivan executive produced. Co-executive producers are Sriram Das and Steven Shapiro, and co-producers are Gabrielle Jerou-Tabak, Keith Arnold and Mark Fasano.

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