Winterbottom's next stop: Italy


Fresh from directing Angelina Jolie in the Out of Competition selection "A Mighty Heart," British director Michael Winterbottom will welcome Colin Firth, Hope Davis and Catherine Keener to lead his next project, "Genova."

Billed as a horror mystery story, the screenplay details the story of two American girls and their British father who move to the Italian city of Genova after their mother dies.

Winterbottom will shoot with his finalized cast at the end of June on location in Genova as well as in Boston, with postproduction taking place in the U.K.

The movie is repped internationally in Cannes by Dreamachine, a merger of established art house sales houses Hanway and Celluloid Dreams.

Produced by Andrew Eaton for Eaton and Winterbottom's Revolution Films and co-financed by FilmFour, the U.K. Film Council and Aramid Entertainment, the movie also stars Willa Holland ("The O.C.") and Perla Haney-Jardine ("Kill Bill: Vol. 2").

"Genova" is written by Winterbottom and Laurence Coriat, with whom the director collaborated on both "A Mighty Heart" and "Wo*nderland," and was co-developed with FilmFour.