Dutch Filmworks seals slew of Benelux deals

Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendables' among titles

LONDON -- Indie distributor Dutch Filmworks on Tuesday reported several high-profile acquisitions in the immediate aftermath of the American Film Market, snapping up Benelux rights to a slew of titles, including the Sylvester Stallone action saga "The Expendables" from Nu Image/Millennium.

Stallone will direct "Expendables" from his own screenplay about a team of mercenaries on a mission to overthrow a crazy Latin American leader. Jason Statham and Jet Li will star alongside Stallone.

DFW also snapped up transsexual romance "The Danish Girl" starring Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron from Kathy Morgan International as well as the Ed Norton starrer "Leaves of Grass" from Tim Blake Nelson.

Other DFW purchases also include Roman Polanski's mystery "The Ghost" with Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor and Kim Catrall from Summit Entertainment.

DFW also bought Benelux rights to "Last Night," with Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes, and sci-fi adventure "Splice," starring Adrien Brody, both from French seller Gaumont.

In a deal with Pathe International, DFW also picked up the nature eco-thriller "Oceans," directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud.

DFW CEO Willem Pruijssers described the buy of "Oceans" as "by far the project DFW is most proud of." Pruijssers said that despite the global econonic turmoil, "it appears that the financial world still has faith in projects with big names and prestigious filmmakers. And that's a very positive security for the future of theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and TV."

Nu Image/Millennium's sales slate proved a happy hunting ground for DFW, with the Dutch company also taking Benelux rights to "Riot" starring Nicolas Cage, "Labor Pains" starring Lindsay Lohan and an option on the "Conan the Barbarian" remake to be directed by Brett Ratner.