The Hollywood Reporter has released its fourth daily issue for the American Film Market, which kicked off in Santa Monica on Wednesday. The issue features a look at another Weinstein-related complaint, advice from Thorsten Schumacher about launching his own sales upstart, and a chat with Claire Denis about High Life.
Paying for The Reader
A producer has filed a criminal complaint alleging that The Weinstein Co. defrauded a German regional government out of nearly $2 million in connection with the financing of The Reader, the 2008 drama that starred Kate Winslet in an Oscar-winning role. Producer Michael Simon de Normier told THR that he signed a non-disclosure agreement with TWC during the making of the Stephen Daldry film but has now chosen to break it following the tsunami of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who was fired from TWC’s board last month.
Launching Rocket Science
After 13 years at British sales titan HanWay, of which five were spent in the top seat, Thorsten Schumacher stepped down to take the plunge on his own, and his upstart Rocket Science made an immediate impact with a slew of buzzy titles. He serves up some handy advice for anyone else seeking to launch in an already crowded and hugely competitive marketplace.
Denis’ BIg Debut
Acclaimed French director Claire Denis went way outside her comfort zone for High Life, her English-language debut starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth and musician-actor Andre Benjamin. She met with THR to discuss trying out the sci-fi genre, her fear of special effects and why Pattinson was the “exact opposite” of whom she originally had in mind to play the drama’s lead.