Cannes digest: High spirits at Ko Lik Films


High spirits at Ko Lik Films
Edinburgh-based stop-frame animation outfit Ko Lik Films has drawn backing from BBC Scotland and executive producer Bob Last for a feature-length version of the half-hour adventures of ghost hunters Jeff and Thurston. The film version will feature will feature the return of Peter Capaldi and Alex Norton, who voiced the original episodes. The as-yet-untitled comedy will be helmed by the writer-producer team of Cameron Fraser and Neil Jack.

Quartet join Celluloid on 'Rabia'
Celluloid Dreams is teaming with Spain's Telecinco Cinema and Monfort Producciones, Colombia's Dynamo and Mexico's Tequila Gang on "Rabia," written and directed by Sebastian Cordero, whose previous film, "Cronicas," was presented at Un Certain Regard in 2004. The $5.3 million romantic thriller began principal photography in May on locations near San Sebastian, for eight weeks. Mexican actor Gustavo Sanchez Parra and Colombian actress Martina Garcia lead the cast.

Myriad operating at full 'Capacity'

Myriad Pictures has picked up worldwide rights to Terry Kinney's "Diminished Capacity" starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, Virginia Madsen, Dylan Baker and Bobby Cannavale. The comedy centers on a man with memory problems who heads on a sick-leave road trip with his senile uncle. IFC acquired U.S. rights to the Palm Pictures film after its Sundance premiere in January, and Myriad will rep the film in Cannes.

Canal Plus sews up Dis, NL titles
Pay TV group Canal Plus has grabbed multiyear broadcasting rights in France for catalog titles from Disney-ABC and New Line Cinema. Canal Plus will hold rights for TV, VOD and its new "catch-up TV" online viewing service broadcast for all upcoming titles from Disney, Miramax and Touchstone Pictures in addition to future seasons of its ABC series such as "Desperate Housewives." The pay TV network also will inherit rights to air New Line's latest titles including "The Golden Compass" and "Sex & The City: The Movie." The deal complements Canal Plus' previous pacts with Universal, Fox, Paramount, Dreamworks and Sony-Columbia.

Huston, Ribisi take walk in 'Forest'
Anjelica Huston, Giovanni Ribisi, Sean Austin and Ron Perlman are lending their voices to the English version of Dygra Films' animated "Spirit of the Forest." Manga Films will handle distribution in Spain, with a release date set for Sept. 5. Hollywood Fantastic Films International handles international sales of "Spirit," with its environmentally aware message. The film already has sold to 30 countries.