EmptyHelmer Hark has 'Eye 3' on holiday sked
Director Tsui Hark and producer Peter Chan will begin shooting "The Eye 3" before year's end, world sales handlers the Little Film Co. and co- producers Applause Pictures and the Ruddy Morgan Organization said Thursday. The Hong Kong duo's collaboration extends the popular horror franchise, which has Cruise/Wagner Prods. and Lionsgate developing the series' second English-language remake. "We are proud of this franchise and want to expand it even further with the fresh eye and talent of Tsui Hark at the helm," said Andre Morgan of Los Angeles-based Ruddy Morgan. The Mandarin-language film is budgeted at $5 million and will shoot in China and Thailand, said Morgan, who added that casting negotiations are ongoing. Robbie Little, principal of London-based Little Film Co., which produced and is selling South Africa's Oscar winner "Tsotsi," will work on "Eye 3" sales at the American Film Market with Patricia Cheng of ARM Distribution. ARM is an Asian cinema joint venture between Ruddy Morgan and Hong Kong-based Applause Pictures.
Regent attends worldwide 'Orientation'
Regent Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to the Element Films comedy "Freshman Orientation," with plans to roll it out in the spring in 20 U.S. markets and sell it to international territories via its Regent Worldwide Sales arm. Writer-director Ryan Shiraki's film stars Sam Huntington, Marla Sokoloff, Bryce Johnson and Heather Matarazzo, with John Goodman and Rachel Dratch appearing in supporting roles. First-time feature helmer Shiraki was a producer on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and scripted the feature "The Shallow End." "Orientation" premiered in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Regent executive vp distribution and acquisitions Mark Reinhart, with attorney Marc Schaberg on behalf of Element Films.
ADV boarding 'Ghost Train,' 'Synesthesia'
ADV Films has purchased North American rights to the live-action horror feature "Ghost Train" and the suspense thriller "Synesthesia" from Japanese entertainment conglomerate Shochiku, the companies said Thursday. Houston-based ADV, a leading producer-distributor of Japanese animation outside Japan, plans to release both features and the TV series "Le Chevalier d'eon," also purchased in the deal, before the summer, the companies said on the second day of the American Film Market. The Anime Network, owned by ADV parent A.D. Vision, reaches more than 40 million households. "We are very proud of the titles and hope their success in the U.S. and other territories mirrors their success in Japan," said Masaki Koga, head of international business for Shochiku, whose "The Twilight Samurai" in 2004 was the first live-action Japanese film to earn an Oscar nomination in 22 years.