'Malice' takes Barton through looking glass


Producers Michael Pierce and Mark Williams ("Flawless") have struck a deal with Stephen Margolis' London-based production and finance outfit Future Films to make Simon Fellows' "Malice in Sunderland," Future said Saturday.

Billed as a contemporary take on Lewis Carroll's classic tale "Alice in Wonderland," the movie is scheduled to shoot next year.

The film stars Mischa Barton as the modern-day Alice and will be directed by Fellows ("Second in Command") from a script by Jayson Rothwell.

Future's involvement will see the company co-produce the title as well as advise the producers as they negotiate their way through the new tax credit system available for filming in the U.K., the company said.

"Malice" details the story of an American student who finds herself disoriented in Sunderland after being hit by a taxi.

Future is also co-financing the film unit of U.K. broadcaster Film4, Intandem and U.K. Film Council-backed movie "When Did You Last See Your Father?" and Belgium production "Angel's Choice," produced by Jean-Luc Van Damme at Banana Films.

Future Films is a specialist production company that provides access to international financing, assists in the final packaging of films and provides a wide range of production services.
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