american film market digest


Dante, Stanley make 'Time' for remake

Producers Elizabeth Stanley and Joe Dante have teamed to snap up English-language remake rights to Alante Kavaite's "Ecoute le temps" (Listen to Time), the pair said Saturday. The original, which is making its world-premiere bow at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, is the story of a female sound engineer investigating her mother's murder using her recording equipment. It is being billed as having a supernatural twist. Editor-director Eduardo Rodriguez ("The Messengers") will helm the remake with a working title "Fissures," and the producers said they have attached Greg Pak ("Robot Stories") to pen the adaptation. Dante's Medal Luna Pictures and Stanley's eponymous production banner will make the picture.

Pierce, Williams with 'Malice'

Producers Michael Pierce and Mark Williams ("Flawless") have struck a deal with Stephen Margolis' London-based production and finance outfit Future Films to make Simon Fellows' "Malice in Sunderland," Future said Saturday. Billed as a contemporary take on Lewis Carroll's classic tale "Alice in Wonderland," the movie is scheduled to shoot next year. It stars Mischa Barton as the modern-day Alice and will be directed by Fellows ("Second in Command") from a script by Jayson Rothwell. Future will co-produce the title as well as advise the producers as they negotiate their way through the new tax-credit system available for filming in the U.K., the company said. "Malice" details the story of an American student who finds herself disoriented in Sunderland after being hit by a taxi.

InDplay system in demand at market, an online marketplace for filmed content, said Sunday that it will help Allied Artists Corp. sell its 20,000-plus titles and is in talks with three other film libraries at the American Film Market interested in its business-to-business licensing management system. Listing titles on inDplay is free, and commissions are charged only if film, TV or video rights are sold through the site, which is run by the Silicon Valley-based startup and backed by investments from Google founder Eric Schmidt and newspaper heir William R. Hearst III, executives said. Executives from Hollywood Classics, Nordisk and Allied Entertainment Group also confirmed that they are in discussions with inDplay at AFM.

Core Studio takes up 'Mercy' mission

South Korean sales company the Core Studio said Sunday that it has sold the hot black comedy action flick "No Mercy for the Rude" to WPM International in Thailand. The title has been snapped up by the Weinstein Co. for U.S. distribution, and the producers are in talks with "several U.S. studios" for the remake rights. The movie stars Shin Hakyun and centers on a killer who adheres to a strict rule that he only will kill rude people.

Miramax opens 'Door' to U.S., Australia

Miramax Films has snared U.S. and Australian rights to the Italian foreign-language Oscar hopeful "Golden Door" (Nuovomondo), written and directed by Emanuele Crialese. Set in 1913, the film tells a mythical tale of a Sicilian peasant family that encounters an American stranger who talks of the fortune that awaits them in his country. Inspired by his stories, they travel to Ellis Island to seek their fortune. The cast features Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato and Aurora Quattrocchi. "Door" secured this year's Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The deal was brokered by Miramax executive vp business affairs and operations Michael Luisi with Wild Bunch's Carole Baraton.