'Salmon Fishing' a go, with Hallstrom directing

10:00 AM PST 05/12/2010 by Stuart Kemp, AP

Lionsgate U.K., BBC Films partner with Kudos for the film

CANNES -- Lionsgate U.K. and BBC Films are partnering with Elisabeth Murdoch's U.K. production banner Kudos Pictures to pole up for "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen."

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Lasse Hallstrom will direct the Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas starrer from a script by Oscar-winning scribe Simon Beaufoy.

Based on Paul Torday's novel, the rom-com will be produced by Kudos chief Paul Webster and marks Lionsgate U.K.'s second British co-production after "Blitz." Lionsgate International is selling "Yemen" to buyers here in Cannes.

Lionsgate U.K. CEO Zygi Kamasa brokered the deal with Webster and Paula Jalfon of BBC Films.
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