Schnabel on new slate set by Number 9


CANNES -- British production banner Number 9 Films, run by husband-and-wife team Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen, is gearing up development on a slate of projects including movies from Julian Schnabel and Miguel Arteta.

The company also has promoted in-house development exec Kate Lawrence to head the department. She joined the company in 2003.

Karlsen, in Cannes for a series of meetings for her company, said she was looking forward to working with a range of talent from Schnabel and Arteta to recent National Film School graduate Jamie Johnson.

Karlsen is in preproduction with "Son of Eurovision," a feature docu about the junior version of the Euro songfest, directed by Johnson.

Schnabel, whose "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" unspools In Competition on Tuesday, will direct an adaptation of classic kids' book "Edith and the Lonely Doll," penned by Caroline Thompson ("The Corpse Bride").

The company is also developing "The Sound of No Hands Clapping," Toby Young's sequel to "How to Lose Friends," about his foray into the world of Hollywood screenwriting. Directed by Bob Weide, "Friends" begins shooting in June with Simon Pegg and Kirsten Dunst.

Arteta is developing "Together" with Fox Searchlight, a conceptual remake set in Los Angeles of Lukas Moodysson's Swedish comedy about family life on a commune.

Ian Fitzgibbon is set to direct Irish drama "Perrier's Bounty," written by Mark O'Rowe ("Intermission") and co-produced with Parallel Films.

"We are very happy to be working with all these talented partners," Karlsen said.