Callas, the long-gestating project about famed opera singer Maria Callas, is gearing up again after originally being announced a few years back. New York-based Belladonna Productions and Australia’s Eclectic Vision have now boarded the film that is to be written and directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider). She is currently in post on Disney’s sports drama McFarland starring Kevin Costner, Maria Bello and Homeland‘s Morgan Saylor. Callas will focus on the singer’s tragic relationship with Aristotle Onassis. The European/Australian co-production will be produced by Gudio, Nicola and Marco De Angelis of the De Angelis Group and René Bastian and Linda Moran of Belladonna Productions, with Brett Thornquest of Eclectic Vision co-financing. Filming is eyed for late fall on location in Italy, France and the Czech Republic. The producers are out to cast.
Buzzed about Danish pic When Animals Dream is screening in the art-house heavy Critics’ Week program today, while a different type of werewolf feature is howling in the market. Canadian indie producer CineCoup has greenlit a follow-up to WolfCop ahead of the first film’s theatrical bow on June 6 (see trailer below), and after what it says has been “unanimous positive” reactions from buyers. It centers on an alcoholic cop who blacks out and becomes a rage-fueled werewolf. Plot details were not shared for the sequel other than that it will be “dirtier and hairier than the first one.” Director Lowell Dean will helm with production set for this fall. Raven Banner Entertainment has international sales. Hey, every market needs one. Here’s the WolfCop trailer: