Jarmusch in 'Control' with Focus


Focus Features and writer-director Jim Jarmusch are back together again. The distributor has picked up worldwide rights to the helmer's next film, tentatively titled "The Limits of Control."

The film will center on a secretive, mysterious outlaw (Jarmusch's frequent star, Isaach De Bankole) in the process of completing an undisclosed criminal job around Spain. As with Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers," the production is set to sign an international collection of bankable stars to add commercial value to Jarmusch's characteristically offbeat work.

"Control" is set to shoot in February in Spain. Longtime Jarmusch producer Stacey Smith and Gretchen McGowan will produce. Frequent Jarmusch collaborator Jon Kilik will executive produce. Focus Features International will rep sales at this week's AFM.

"Flowers," which starred Bill Murray and won the Grand Prix at the 2005 Festival de Cannes, earned $46.7 million worldwide to become Jarmusch's highest-grossing film to date.

Focus president of production John Lyons and senior vp European production Teresa Moneo will oversee the project on behalf of the distributor. Jarmusch and PointBlank Films were repped by Bart Walker of Cinetic Media in the deal.