'Red Cliff' among Constantin's Berlin haul
EmptyCOLOGNE, Germany -- Leading German indie distributor Constantin Film had a productive Berlin, snapping up German rights to several big titles at Berlin's European Film Market, including John Woo's hotly anticipated actioner "Red Cliff."
Constantin picked up the $75 million film, which chronicles the epic battle between three Chinese kingdoms in 208 B.C. from Summit Entertainment. "Red Cliff," which features Takeshi Kaneshiro ("House of Flying Daggers"), Chen Chang ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and Shido Nakamura ("Fearless") is still looking for a U.S. buyer.
Also on Constantin's Berlin shopping list was Richard Kelly's "The Box," a horror thriller starring James Marsden and Cameron Diaz, which the Munich-based distributor acquired from the Weinstein Co.
Based on a short story by Richard Matheson, "The Box" revolves around a suburban couple, Marsden and Diaz, who receive a mysterious, magical box. If they press the button on the box, they will receive $1 million, but in the same instance someone they do not know will die. Warner Bros. is releasing "The Box" domestically.
Constantin also picked up Virtual Studios' "Bangkok Dangerous," an action thriller starring Nicolas Cage as a professional assassin, which Lionsgate is releasing stateside. "Bangkok" is directed by the Pang brothers Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang -- the pair behind Hong Kong horror franchise "The Eye."