'Chemical' is a WB attraction


Julian Doyle's "Chemical Wedding," penned by Bruce Dickinson, frontman for the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, has been nabbed by Warner Bros. for U.K. and Ireland distribution rights.

The film, billed as a supernatural horror thriller, wrapped principal photography Tuesday and stars Simon Callow as a reincarnation of Aleister Crowley, once dubbed "the most evil man in Britain."

Veteran Monty Python second-unit director Doyle is directing the picture, which centers on Crowley, a major Edwardian figure and a scandalous character brought back to life by a shy, stuttering Professor Haddo (Callow).

Focus Films' David Pupkewitz and Malcolm Kohll are producing with Ben Timlett and Justin Peyton of Bill and Ben Prods. and Duellist Film in association with Motion FX and E-Motion.

Andy Taylor, Rod Smallwood, Paul Astrom-Andrews and Peter Dale are executive producers.

Worldwide sales on "Chemical Wedding" are being handled by Cinema Management Group, headed by veteran foreign sales executive Edward Noeltner.

No financial details were available.

Pupkewitz said that Warner Bros. also had a first-look option "on a slew of other territories" for the film should it decide to activate those rights.