3 succumb to 'Blindness' at Focus Int'l


Gael Garcia Bernal, Danny Glover and Alice Braga are set to join Fernando Meirelles' apocalyptic drama "Blindness" for Focus Features International.

Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo already have joined the project, which is based on Jose Saramago's acclaimed novel that is set in motion when an epidemic of blindness sweeps through a contemporary city and pushes society to the brink of breakdown. Bernal will play the King of Ward 3, and Glover will narrate the story. Braga will portray the girl with the dark glasses.

Potboiler Prods., Rhombus Media, Bee Vine Pictures and Meirelles' shingle 02 Filmes are producing.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in early July in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Toronto.

Pathe picked up U.K. and French rights to "Blindness" last week (HR 6/7). Focus is handling additional foreign territories for the film, which does not yet have a U.S. distribution deal.

Niv Fichman, Simon Channing-Williams and Gail Egan are producing.

Bernal, whose recent credits include "Babel" and "The King," recently made his directorial debut with the Spanish-language "Deficit," which unspooled at the Festival de Cannes in May. He is repped by Endeavor, Gordon and French in the U.K. and attorney Steve Warren.

Glover, whose acting credits include "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Beloved" and the "Lethal Weapon" films, next will helm the historical drama "Toussaint," based on the life of Haitian rebel Toussaint L'Ouverture. He is repped by ICM and manager Jeff Morrone.

Braga, who teamed with Meirelles in the acclaimed Portuguese-language drama "City of God," next stars opposite Will Smith in sci-fi action film "I Am Legend" as well as in "Crossing Over" and "Redbelt." She is repped by Endeavor and ROAR.