Transformer picks up 'Confessions'


CANNES -- Transformer Inc. has scooped up Japanese distribution rights to the spoof "Confessions of an Action Star" from Shoreline Entertainment.

The mock actioner takes a satirical journey through the eyes of a composite character, Frank Sledge, a male stripper-turned-action star. Frank's fictional cronies, who watch his rise to megafame include cameos by a slew of A, B and C-list actors playing themselves. Although Shoreline wouldn't disclose the names of the cameos due to contractual reasons, footage of the film available to buyers featured Angelina Jolie, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving and Eric Roberts.

Transformer acquisition exec Shinichiro Kato said the film, which is described as a homage to the action films of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Seagal and Keanu Reeves, is particularly enticing to the Japanese audiences, known for their thirst for American actioners.

"That's what makes this picture so enticing for our market," he said. "The film stands alone as a funny action spoof, but the cameos, playing themselves, make it so real, which helps push the satire and makes the genre fresh."

"Action Star" is executive produced by Double Edge Entertainment's Bobby Sheng.

The deal was brokered by Shoreline's Sam Eigen and Brian Sweet.