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Andre The Giant Biopic in the Works (Exclusive)

9 May 2016 12:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lion Forge Comics and producers Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell have partnered to develop a feature film about the life of iconic pro wrestler Andre “The Giant” Roussimoff.

The project is based on the authorized graphic novel biography published last year, “Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.” Roussimoff’s daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff will consult on the film and assigned the exclusive rights for the biography to the producers.

Andre the Giant rode the wave of the rise of wrestling in America, while suffering from the painful health condition of gigantism – there’s an Elephant Man story here,” Steindorff said.

In addition to his wrestling career, Roussimoff played a key role in Rob Reiner’s 1987 fantasy comedy “The Princess Bride” as Fezzik, part of a trio of bandits with characters played by Wallace Shawn and Mandy Patinkin. He began wrestling professionally at the age of 17 and was billed as being »

- Dave McNary

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‘Pursuit of Happyness’ Helmer Gabriele Muccino Boards Erotic Thriller ‘Laughter in the Dark’

5 February 2016 3:27 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Italian helmer Gabriele Muccino is in talks to direct the erotic thriller “Laughter in the Dark,” based on the Vladimir Nabokov novel.

Muccino, whose credits include “Playing for Keeps,” “Seven Pounds” and “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will direct from a script by newcomers Bradley McManus and Justin Parker.

Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone Village Productions will produce with Sander Soeth of Intuit Films. Stone Village has partnered with investment firm Source Rock Partners to finance the pic.

The story follows a wealthy art dealer and family man who falls in love with an aspiring actress who becomes his muse.  When he leaves his wife and family for her, his life spins out of control.

Casting is starting immediately for a mid May start in New York.

Laughter in the Dark” was first published in 1932. It was the basis of a 1969 French-British drama directed by Tony Richardson and starring Nicol Williamson and Anna Karina. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Mr. Pig’ Co-Investor Jalisco Renews Film Fund Equity Line (Exclusive)

27 January 2016 5:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A co-investor in Diego Luna’s Danny Glover-starrer “Mr. Pig” which screens in Sundance Premieres, Mexico’s Jalisco Film Fund is renewing for 2016 its risk equity film investment scheme, offering up to Pesos 17 million ($922,000) this year to one foreign or Mexican international co-production which shoots 40% of locations in the state of Jalisco.

Jff president Alberto Lamas Flores launched the 2016 call for applications Tuesday Jan. 26, coinciding with Sundance world premiere of “Mr. Pig,” the third fiction feature from actor-director-producer Luna, star of Amazon’s “Casanova” pilot. Luna’s first fiction feature “Abel” bowed at Sundance to acclaim in 2010.

Tapped for “Mr. Pig” by Mexico and L.A.-based Canana, founded by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz, the Jalisco Film Fund equity line reps the only film financing scheme in place among Mexico’s 31 states, said Jff director Rodolfo Guzman Salas.

Jff coin can complement federal funding such as »

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