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Content Hooks ‘Rising Star’
Content Film will handle sales on romantic comedy/drama Rising Star at the EFM. Marty Lang won the Best Premier at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival last year with the film that stars Gary Ploski and Emily Morse. Lang’s debut feature is about an overworked insurance adjuster who must decide between his job and his passion. Lang, Matthew Giovannucci and Ploski produced the Hartford, Connecticut-set film that was crewed by graduates of the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program, an initiative that uses IATSE and DGA members as instructors and which Lang created in 2008.
Studiocanal Boards ‘Starbuck’ Remake
Proving that Québec and France share two distinctly different languages, France’s Studiocanal will finance, distribute and handle international on the French remake of hit Québécois comedy Starbuck. Made in PM produces with Studiocanal and TF1 co-producing. José Garcia plays a man whose past comes back to haunt him when he learns a sperm donation he made 20 years earlier resulted in 533 children, 142 of whom want to meet him. Isabelle Doval directs from an adaptation by Karine de Demo, Garcia and Doval. Shooting starts in March for an October release in France. DreamWorks’ English-language remake, The Delivery Man, is directed by the original’s Ken Scott and stars Vince Vaughn. It’s slotted for an October 4 wide release.
108 Media Has ‘Honour’
British thriller Honour starring Paddy Considine, will be handled by 108 Media for worldwide outside the UK. The recently-completed film is screening at the EFM. A North American theatrical release through 108 and its distribution partner, Paladin, is planned for late summer. Shan Khan makes his feature directing debut based on his own Brit list screenplay. The film is set in London and follows a young woman, played by Aiysha Hart, whose family targets her for an honor killing and hires a bounty hunter to do the job. Nisha Parti produced with Jason Newmark.