TIFF: Zak Hilditch's Next Film 'Numbskull' Gets Financing

Zak Hilditch

The Australian director is also turning his last film, 'These Final Hours,' into a TV series with Luc Besson's EuropaCorp.

Rob Paris' Paris Film and Canadian producing partner Zed Filmworks are pacting to produce Australian director Zak Hilditch's next film, Numbskull.

Canadian real estate developer Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films will co-finance and co-produce Numbskull.

William Horberg (Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain) brought the project to the group, and is also producing. Ghossein will executive produce.

UK-based Altitude Film Sales will represent the international rights and Paradigm is on board for North America.

"Zak has written the kind of original script I love, a big fun idea but with an intimate and honest approach to character and emotion. I'm happy to partner up with these guys to bring this fresh story to life," said Horberg in a statement.

Horberg along with Mike Medavoy and Eric Esraillian is currently producing Terry George’s The Promise, with Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac. Paris will oversee acquisitions and packaging of Numbskull in Los Angeles, while Menzies handles production in Canada.

Their cross-border partnership earlier produced Osgood Perkins’ February, starring Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka and Lucy Boyton, which debuts at the Toronto Film Festival this week. Hilditch is repped by Paradigm and Thruline Entertainment,, and is developing The Final Hours into a TV series with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp.