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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp remaking Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is partnering up with Chris and Paul Weitz’s Depth of Field and All Nippon Entertainment Works for an English-language remake of Takashi Miike’s thriller Shield of Straw, which is being scripted by Creighton Rotherberger and Katrin Benedikt (Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen).

The original film is based upon Kazuhiro Kiuchi’s novel Wara no Tate, and was a big success in Japan, as well as a finalist for the Palme d’Or in Cannes back in 2013. It follows a team of police officers charged with protecting an accused killer who has a contract put out on them by the billionaire grandfather of their latest victim.

“We are thrilled at the prospect of bringing the remake of the Japanese thriller Shield of Straw to American audiences and the worldwide market,” said EuropaCorp President Lisa Ellzey (via Variety). “This film is right on brand for EuropaCorp,
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‘Shield of Straw’ Remake in the Works With Backing From Luc Besson, Weitz Brothers

‘Shield of Straw’ Remake in the Works With Backing From Luc Besson, Weitz Brothers
An English-language remake of Takashi Miike’s Japanese spy thriller “Shield of Straw” is in development, three years after the film was a finalist for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is teaming with All Nippon Entertainment Works, Japanese partner Nippon Television, and Chris and Paul Weitz’s production company, Depth of Field, to develop, finance, and produce the remake.

The producer of the original work, Nippon TV’s Naoaki Kitazima, will produce the film with Depth of Field’s Chris Weitz, Andrew Miano, and Dan Balgoyen, alongside Anew’s CEO Sandy Climan and EuropaCorp.

Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “London Has Fallen”) are writing the script. The original story centered on a team of five police officers charged with protecting an accused killer who has been marked for death by the billionaire grandfather of his latest victim.

The movie,
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EuropaCorp joins 'Shield Of Straw' remake

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The company is partnering with All Nippon Entertainment Works (Anew), Nippon Television and Chris and Paul Weitz’s production company Depth Of Field.

EuropaCorp holds worldwide rights and will join its partners to develop, finance and produce the English-language remake of Takashi Miike’s Japanese thriller and 2013 Cannes competition selection.

Shield Of Straw centres on five police officers tasked with protecting a killer who has been targeted by his victim’s wealthy grandfather.

Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen screenwriters Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt are writing the screenplay.

The producer of the original work, Nippon TV’s Naoaki Kitazima, reprises his role alongside Depth Of Field’s Chris Weitz, Andrew Miano and Dan Balgoyen, and Anew CEO Sandy Climan and EuropaCorp.

“We are thrilled at the prospect of bringing the remake of the Japanese thriller Shield Of Straw to American audiences and the worldwide market,” said EuropaCorp president Lisa Ellzey, who made Monday
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Colin Firth to Star in Submarine Disaster Movie ‘Kursk’ (Exclusive)

Colin Firth to Star in Submarine Disaster Movie ‘Kursk’ (Exclusive)
Colin Firth is in negotiations to star in the EuropaCorp. submarine disaster movie “Kursk.” Matthias Schoenaerts is also set to topline the film.

Danish helmer Thomas Vinterberg will direct from a script by “Saving Private Ryan” screenwriter Robert Rodat, based on Robert Moore’s book “A Time to Die.”

Kursk” tells the true story of the K-141 Kursk — the pride of the Russian Navy — a nuclear-powered submarine that sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea in August 2000. As the sailors fought for survival aboard the disabled sub, their families desperately battled political obstacles and impossible odds to save them.

Lisa Ellzey is exec producing the pic for EuropaCorp.

Firth was most starred opposite Nicole Kidman and Jude Law in “Genius,” and can be seen next in Working Title’s “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” He is also expected to reprise his role as Harry Hart in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
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Kevin Spacey Is Trapped in a Cat’s Body in First ‘Nine Lives’ Trailer (Video)

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Kevin Spacey Is Trapped in a Cat’s Body in First ‘Nine Lives’ Trailer (Video)
Kevin Spacey is trapped in the body of a cat in the first official trailer for “Nine Lives.” Director Barry Sonnenfeld‘s latest comedy revolves around a workaholic businessman (Spacey) who suffers a terrible accident that leaves him trapped in the body of the family cat. Jennifer Garner, Malina Weissman, Cheryl Hines, Christopher Walken, and Robbie Amell co-star in what Sonnenfeld has described as a “funny, emotional, commercial comedy.” Also Read: Kevin Spacey to Star in Barry Sonnenfeld's Comedy 'Nine Lives' (Exclusive) Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin wrote the script for the EuropaCorp production, which will be shepherded by its U.
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Kevin Spacey Takes on Role as a Cat in 'Nine Lives'

Kevin Spacey has signed on to star in EuropaCorp's Nine Lives, which Barry Sonnenfeld became attached to direct two weeks ago. The actor will star as a workaholic businessman who suffers a horrific accident that leaves him trapped in the body of his family's cat. The story has been described by director Barry Sonnenfeld as, "a funny, emotional, commercial comedy."

Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin wrote the screenplay, with EuropaCorp producing and providing financing for the project. Nine Lives will be one of the first projects to be developed through EuropaCorp's Red distribution pipeline, a joint venture with Relativity Media. Red's first projects include The Transporter Legacy, arriving in theaters this June, followed by director Steven Quale's The Lake and Shut In starring Naomi Watts.

EuropaCorp's U.S. film president Lisa Ellzey will oversee the project, although it isn't known when production will begin, or if
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Kevin Spacey to Star in Barry Sonnenfeld’s Comedy ‘Nine Lives’ (Exclusive)

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Kevin Spacey to Star in Barry Sonnenfeld’s Comedy ‘Nine Lives’ (Exclusive)
Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has closed a deal to star in Barry Sonnenfeld’s high-concept comedy “Nine Lives,” which is set up at EuropaCorp, TheWrap has learned.

Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin wrote the script, which Sonnenfeld has described as a “funny, emotional, commercial comedy.”

Also Read: ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 Trailer: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright Are ‘Murderers’ (Video)

Spacey will star as a workaholic businessman who suffers a terrible accident that leaves him trapped in the body of the family cat.

EuropaCorp is financing and producing the film, which will be shepherded by its U.S. film president Lisa Ellzey.
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Barry Sonnenfeld to Direct Cat Comedy 'Nine Lives'

Barry Sonnenfeld has signed on to direct the high-concept comedy Nine Lives for EuropaCorp. Dan Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin wrote the screenplay, which centers on a workaholic businessman who becomes inexplicably trapped in the body of his family's cat. Here's what filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld had to say about the project in a statement.

"I'm very excited to be working with Christophe (Beck), Lisa (Ellzey), Luc (Besson) and the rest of the EuropaCorp team on this funny, emotional, commercial comedy. Perhaps I'll also get over my severe allergy and dislike of cats."

EuropaCorp will finance and produce Nine Lives, with the project set to be one of the first releases through their new distribution initiative Red, which EuropaCorp co-owns with Relativity Media. The Transporter Legacy, arriving in theaters this June, will be the first release through Red, followed by director Steven Quale's The Lake and Shut In starring Naomi Watts.
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EuropaCorp Sets Barry Sonnenfeld For Cat-astrophic Comedy ‘Nine Lives’

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Exclusive: After EuropaCorp generated another hit in Taken 3, Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert’s company has hired Barry Sonnenfeld to direct Nine Lives, a high-concept comedy scripted by Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin. The film is about a workaholic businessman who has to figure his way out of a dilemma: A terrible accident leaves him trapped in the body of the family cat. Pic’s being shepherded by EuropaCorp U.S. film president Lisa Ellzey.

The film will be financed and produced by EuropaCorp and will be one of the early releases through Red, the distribution pipeline that EuropaCorp co-owns with Relativity. The distribution venture gets underway with The Transporter Legacy, with the Steven Quale-directed The Lake and the Naomi Watts starrer Shut In coming right behind.

“I’m very excited to be working with Christophe, Lisa, Luc and the rest of the EuropaCorp team on this funny,
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EuropaCorp CEO Talks Company’s New Focus on English-Language Films

When Christophe Lambert was tapped CEO of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp in 2010, he got a lukewarm welcome from the local film industry. Indeed, he was best known as a leading advertising exec with ties to France’s then-president Nicolas Sarkozy. Since then, there’s been nothing but applause for Lambert, who has led EuropaCorp to a record €19.6 million ($25.5 million) net profit for 2012-13. Under his watch, EuropaCorp has opened its La Cite du Cinema studio and backlot outside Paris, signed strategic output deals in key international markets, and diversified into TV production and theatrical exhibition. Lambert last month launched a decisive phase of the shingle’s expansion, reaching a $130 million deal to create Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution (Red), a U.S. distribution company jointly owned with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media. Variety’s Elsa Keslassy spoke with Lambert about the new company’s slate, the cost of doing business in the U.
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EuropaCorp in Early Talks to Acquire Millennium

EuropaCorp, the Paris-based powerhouse topped by Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert, is in early negotiations to acquire Avi Lerner’s distribution banner Millennium Entertainment.

Millennium Entertainment, the sales division of Nu Image/Millennium Films that is run by Bill Lee, has been up for grabs since April. Lerner hired Salem Partners in the run up to Cannes to start shopping the company.

Lerner’s Nu Image currently owns 60% of the company, while Exclusive Media and hedge fund Prentice Capital owns 20% each.

“We’re not yet ready to walk the altar with Millennium Entertainment: We’re still in early negotiations and it’s not the only U.S. company we’re interested in,” Lambert told Variety. “We’ve been looking to forge an alliance with a U.S. company to keep a better handle on the distribution of our films in the States.”

Added Lambert, “Millennium Entertainment could be a
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Open Road Films Acquires Testament

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Open Road Films has acquired the U.S. rights to the epic supernatural thriller Testament. Financed by Voltage Pictures, Open Road Films will release the film nationwide in First Quarter 2015. The deal was announced today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and Nicolas Chartier, President of Voltage Pictures. Chartier produces along with Voltage's head of production Zev Foreman. Lisa Ellzey and Patrick Newall will executive produce. Production is slated to begin March 2014.

Testament focuses on a prestigious boarding school's science teacher and his students in a remote part of Texas where life is pretty ordinary for this small, tight-knit community. But when the Ten Plagues of the Old Testament descend not only on the town, but the entire world, the teacher and his students are forced to fight for their lives. As blood fills the school's swimming pool -- as fast as it fills rivers, lakes and oceans
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Open Road finds Testament

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Open Road Films has acquired Us rights to the supernatural thriller financed by Voltage Pictures and will release nationwide in the first quarter 2015.

Testament centres on a group of boarding school teenagers who face a chain of apocalyptic events that stem from Biblical stories.

Production is scheduled to begin in March 2014. Casting is underway and Eric Bress of The Butterfly Effect will direct from his own screenplay.

Voltage president Chartier (pictured) and head of production Zev Foreman negotiated the deal with Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg and his team and will produce. Lisa Ellzey and Patrick Newall serve as executive producers.

Adopt Films has acquired all Us rights to Vinko Brešan’s comedy The Priest’s Children and plans a late winter / early spring 2014 release.
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Open Road Nabs U.S. Rights To ‘Testament’, An Unleashing Of Biblical Plagues

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Exclusive: Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to Testament, a supernatural thriller that will begin production in March, with The Butterfly Effect helmer Eric Bress directing his script. Open Road will release the Voltage Pictures-financed film in early 2015. The deal was made by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg and Voltage Pictures president Nicolas Chartier, the latter of whom will produce with Voltage production head Zev Foreman. Lisa Ellzey and Patrick Newall will executive produce. Production is slated to begin March 2014. The thriller takes place at a prestigious boarding school in a remote part of Texas and revolves around a science teacher and his students who are forced to fight for their lives when the Ten Plagues of the Old Testament descend not only on the town, but the entire world. It starts with blood filling the school’s swimming pool — as fast as it fills rivers, lakes
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Open Road Films Acquires Supernatural Thriller Testament

Open Road Films has acquired the U.S. rights to the epic supernatural thriller Testament . Financed by Voltage Pictures, Open Road Films will release the film nationwide in First Quarter 2015. The deal was announced today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and Nicolas Chartier, President of Voltage Pictures. Chartier produces along with Voltage's head of production Zev Foreman. Lisa Ellzey and Patrick Newall will executive produce. Production is slated to begin March 2014. Testament focuses on a prestigious boarding school's science teacher and his students in a remote part of Texas where life is pretty ordinary for this small, tight-knit community. But when the Ten Plagues of the Old Testament descend not only on the town, but the entire world, the teacher and his...
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Open Road picks up Testament

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Open Road Films has acquired Us rights to the supernatural thriller financed by Voltage Pictures and will release nationwide in the first quarter 2015.

Testament centres on a group of boarding school teenagers who face a chain of apocalyptic events that stem from Biblical stories.

Production is scheduled to begin in March 2014. Casting is underway and Eric Bress of The Butterfly Effect will direct from his own screenplay.

Voltage president Nicholas Chartier (pictured) and head of production Zev Foreman negotiated the deal with Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg and his team and will produce. Lisa Ellzey and Patrick Newall serve as executive producers.

Adopt Films has acquired all Us rights to Vinko Brešan’s comedy The Priest’s Children and plans a late winter / early spring 2014 release.
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EuropaCorp Posts Record Net Profit

Paris — Bolstered by its powerful slate of English-language movies and TV series, EuropaCorp — topped by founder Luc Besson and CEO Christophe Lambert — posted a record €19.6 million ($25.5 million) net profit with a robust 16.3% in operating profit margin for 2012-13, after breaking even during the previous financial year.

Ending on March 31, the financial year’s revenues rose 10% to $241.8 million.

Taken 2″‘s B.O. tsunami gave the shingle a big push. French theater admissions were up 16% to $21 million. Besides “Taken 2,” pictured above, other EuropaCorp titles that performed well included French-language spy thriller “Mobius,” starring Jean Dujardin, and romantic comedy “It Boy.”

TV production and international sales, including catalog sales, were key profit drivers.

Underscoring the company’s successful diversification strategy, revenues from TV series reached $37 million, repping 15.3% of overall annual revenue — compared to 5.2% for the previous financial year. Revs were upped by royalties from such high-profile series as “Xiii,” “No Limit” and “Flight of the Storks.
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EuropaCorp Posts Record Net Profit

Paris — Bolstered by its powerful slate of English-language movies and TV series, EuropaCorp — topped by founder Luc Besson and CEO Christophe Lambert — posted a record €19.6 million ($25.5 million) net profit with a robust 16.3% in operating profit margin for 2012-13, after breaking even during the previous financial year.

Ending on March 31, the financial year’s revenues rose 10% to $241.8 million.

Taken 2″‘s B.O. tsunami gave the shingle a big push. French theater admissions were up 16% to $21 million. Besides “Taken 2,” pictured above, other EuropaCorp titles that performed well included French-language spy thriller “Mobius,” starring Jean Dujardin, and romantic comedy “It Boy.”

TV production and international sales, including catalog sales, were key profit drivers.

Underscoring the company’s successful diversification strategy, revenues from TV series reached $37 million, repping 15.3% of overall annual revenue — compared to 5.2% for the previous financial year. Revs were upped by royalties from such high-profile series as “Xiii,” “No Limit” and “Flight of the Storks.
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Hot Markets Drive Biz

EuropaCorp, Luc Besson’s Paris-based mini-studio, is becoming ever more a Europe-u.S.Corp, while ramping up biz in China.

The year, moves in Hollywood have come fast: Lisa Ellzey was tapped VP of U.S. motion picture production to drive project development out of Los Angeles; Paul Walker has been attachment to Brick Mansions, the third film in EuropaCorp’s co-production deal with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media; Scarlett Johansson has been cast in Lucy, Luc Besson’s next action movie; the shingle is in talks with Louis Leterrier to helm Sea at War; the shingle’s Kevin Costner starrer Three Days to Kill is shooting at EuropaCorp’s co-owned Cite du Cinema studio in Paris; and the co-production of Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman with Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank is on track.

Now EuropaCorp is unveiling plans to produce Transporter 4, 5 and 6, co-producing all three installments with China’s Fundamental Films,
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Details on Timur Bekmambetov’s Flesh-Eating “Squirrels”

It has been announced that Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov is putting together a new project that revolves around flesh-eating squirrels:

Red Sea Media is in the process of assembling a strong slate for the upcoming Marché du Film, including Squirrels, a new horror-thriller that the company has just acquired international sales rights for from Bazelevs, Timur Bekmambetov’s production company. Bekmambetov is best known as director of the hit international films Night Watch, Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The film was written by Daniel Antoniazzi & Ben Shiffrin, based on an idea by Bekmambetov. Lisa Ellzey and Michele Wolkoff are executive producers. The production is currently setting a director, with an A-list cast expected to sign shortly. The Red Sea sales office at the Marché du Film will be located at the Lerins venue, booth #R19. Additional sales titles from the company will be announced in the coming days.
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