Alex Cross and The Fast And The Furious director Rob Cohen is set to helm Umedia‘s action heist thriller Risk. A summer production start is eyed. The film follows a brilliant thief who’s sprung early from prison to execute a nearly impossible art heist. Reluctant to follow the same path that put him in jail in the first place, he’s drawn into a dangerous triangle with a crime boss and a beautiful and mysterious accomplice. Brussels-based Umedia’s Adrian Politowski and Karl Richards will produce with Tim Kwok, Ksana Golod and George Parra. The screenplay is by Eric Harlacher. Umedia International will handle sales.
In other Umedia news, the company’s international sales arm has boarded Spanish animation studio The Thinklab’s family feature Deep. From a script by former DreamWorks story consultant Mike de Seve of Baboon Animation, the film is directed by Julio Soto (Fluffs!). Umedia is showing a sizzle reel to buyers. The story is set in a deep-sea world of the future where humans have abandoned the earth and the oceans have risen. An adventurous octopus named Deep, and his two best friends, angler fish Evo, and neurotic shrimp Alice, must set off on a perilous journey when an earthquake destroys their home. Deep is produced by Adriana Malfatti and Jorge Bazaco, Character development is managed by Spa Studios, the original story creators of Despicable Me, and the company’s owner Sergio Pablos who has designed characters for Disney’s Tarzan, Blue Sky’s Rio, Hunchback Of Notre Dame and Hercules.
TrustNordisk is reporting strong sales on Hans Petter Moland’s Competition film, In Order Of Disappearance. The action comedy world premieres here on Monday and has now sold to France and Andorra (Chrysalis Films), Benelux (Wildbunch), Turkey and Cyprus (Umut Sanat), Hungary (Vertigo), Poland (M2), Romania (Independenta Film ´97), Estonia (Estin Film). It had previously gone to Germany and Austria (Neue Visionen), UK (Metrodome), Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia & Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia (Continental Film), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe) and South Korea (Atnine). Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz and Kon-Tiki‘s Pål Sverre Hagen star in the movie about a carefree man who drives snow blower in Norway. When his son dies suddenly, he’s thrust into the middle of a drug war between the Norwegian mafia and Serbian criminals.