Antonio Banderas has been set to star in Simon West’s action-comedy, Salty. Principal photography begins next month in Chile. Banderas will play Turk Henry, an aging rock star and reformed sex addict married to a supermodel who is abducted by pirates while on vacation. The story is adapted from the novel by Mark Haskell Smith. Carnaby Sales & Distribution is handling world rights on the film which is said to be the largest equity crowd-funded project ever. Deals are already closed in the Middle East, China and Eastern Europe.
Frank Grillo is to star in action thriller Wheelman, written and directed by Jeremy Rush. Joe Carnahan is producing alongside Myles Nestel for The Solution Entertainment Group. Grillo is also making his producing debut. Principal photography starts in September on the pic about a getaway driver thrust into a high stakes race-to-survive after a bank robbery goes terribly wrong. The Solution is financing and has international sales; CAA is repping U.S. rights.
9.14 Pictures and XYZ Films are teaming for the Untitled Paris Hilton Documentary. Don Argott and Sheena Joyce are directing. This is an authorized doc which Hilton is producing with Jamie Freed and 9.14 Pictures. XYZ is exec producing and handling world sales. Production starts at the end of summer, in Ibiza, natch. Argott and Joyce’s credits include Rock School, Last Days Here and The Art Of The Steal.
A24 and StudioCanal have made a deal for UK distribution rights to Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s documentary De Palma which A24 releases in the U.S. on June 10. No UK date has been set for the pic, which bowed at Venice.
Lightning Entertainment has boarded The Summerland Project. The sci-fi romance stars newcomer Angela Billman along with Better Call Saul’s Ben Whitehair and Ed Begley Jr. The story follows a desperate husband who is given the chance to save his wife by having her mind transplanted into an artificial body. Alex Levine and Enrico Natale are producers on the project which is in post.