UK’s Bedlam To Remake Czech Hit ‘Women In Temptation’
Bedlam Productions, one of the producers on The King’s Speech, has acquired English-language remake rights to hit Czech comedy Women In Temptation. The 2010 film was No. 1 at the box office that year, outgrossing Hollywood pics including installments of Harry Potter, Shrek and The Twilight Saga. Producer Gareth Unwin tells me he was in “hot contention” with some U.S. studios for the rights, but a “quick trip to Prague and a little bit of gentle persuasion” won the day for Bedlam. The set-up of the origingal Zeny V Pokuseni sees a marriage counselor abandoned by her husband for a younger woman. The remake will be set in the UK with all UK talent. Unwin says the hope is to be in production by Q1 of 2014. Bedlam recently set Peter Webber to direct noir thriller Happy Camp and is in development on King’s Speech writer David Seidler’s The Lady Who Went Too Far.
Taiwanese Director In Hot Water Over Naval Base Access
Taiwan’s military is said to be considering legal action against director Niu Chen-zer who took a Chinese cinematographer to a major naval base to scout sites for his new movie Military Paradise. Under Taiwanese law, no mainlanders may gain access to the island’s military facilities. Best known for 2010 gangster film Monga, Niu took DP Cao Yu to the Tsoying base in southern Taiwan on June 1, Taiwanese officials said, according to the South China Morning Post. The officials said that Cao used the ID of a Taiwanese man to gain entrance to the base. A photograph of Niu and Cao on a landing ship then appeared in Taiwan’s Apple Daily newspaper, prompting the navy to cut aid to Niu’s production company, Atom Cinema. The director “breached the agreement, and we reserve the right to take legal action against both him and the [production] company,” Taiwan naval spokesman Wen Chen-kuo said, per the SCMP. Niu has apologized for his “negligence” and on his Facebook page wrote “I might have gone overboard in order to make a better film,” the Associated Press reports. China’s Huayi Brothers is understood to be a main financier of the $8.3M Military Paradise, due to begin shooting next month. Violating the law against bringing mainlanders into military bases carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
‘Maya The Bee-Movie’ Buzzes To Russia
Germany’s Studio 100 Film has licensed its first feature, Maya The Bee–Movie, to Russia’s Premium Film. The 3D animated pic is an Australian-German co-production and is directed by veteran Disney and Aardman animator Alexs Stadermann. The character was created by Waldemar Bonsels in a 1912 book and has appeared in comics and TV series that contrast Maya’s regimented hive life and her desire to be free and experience the world on her own terms. The film will see Maya and pal Willy save their hive from the greedy queen’s advisor. The agreement with Premium includes TV, home video and new media rights within the CIS territories. The distributor is planning a wide theatrical release after Maya debuts in Germany via Universum in September 2014.