Miramaxs genre offshoot
Dimension has signed a world wide, first look production deal with the
comic-book publishing and film company Platinum Studios. Under the agreement,
Dimension gains access to more than 1000 library titles which they plan to turn
into live-action movies.
Platinum will co-develop and
co-produce pictures which Dimension will then dub or subtitle for international
distribution. We could soon see Spains Trace of Chalk,
Belgiums Jeremiah, Germanys Agent 327 and
Italys Nathan Never on the screen. The interesting part of the
deal is that it could mean a Dellamorte Dellamore American remake is on
Platinum founder Ervin
Rustemagics partner in Los Angeles is Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, the man
behind Men in Black, and his latest deal is with New Line Cinema for a
feature version of Million Dollar Heroes. That property is about two
comic book artists who become bitter rivals and adopt the personas of their
comic book heroes to fight each other for a bet.
The work of novelist Chris Fowler is finally
going to come to the screen thanks to an eXistenZ-style co-production
deal between Canadas Alliance Atlantis and Britains Natural Nylon.
Disturbia will be the first film to be made under the new deal directed
by Jake (Plunkett & Macleane) Scott. The chiller is the story of a
commoner writing an article about the upper classes who discovers the existence
of a sinister secret society.
Psychoville will be the second
Fowler title to get the $15 million budget treatment and will be directed by
Sara Sugarman who recently completed the comedy Mad Cows. Regular
readers of this column will know how Fowlers novel Spanky nearly
got made by Mimic director Guillermo del Toro, so this is very good news
for the talented writer and film advertising agency owner indeed. Both
productions will draw on the Natural Nylon talent pool of Jude Law, Ewan
McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Sean Pertwee and Sadie Frost (who are all directors
of the company).
Also in this issue's news...
Toronto talent agency balks at a Slice of the action... Horror
action-adventure set to become UK's first fully computer-animated feature...
Going Hungary for The
X-Files... Kiss founder to make Real Monsters...
Warner Bros will re-release Stanley Kubricks
1971 film A Clockwork Orange in the UK next spring, 26 years after the
film was banned from cinema and video release in Britain. A national cinema
release for the film is expected after the late directors last film
Eyes Wide Shut, has completed the circuit. Kubrick himself pulled his
film in the UK after claims that the rapes and violence depicted in it were
prompting copycat attacks. It has been unobtainable in Britain since 1973, when
Kubrick ordered Warner Bros to remove it from cinemas after a 61-week run. It
remains forbidden under copyright law to import copies on video in the United
Kingdom, although the film is available in Europe and North America.