Michael Caine, Bill Nighy and Matthew Goode are set to star in family action adventure pic Four Kids And It. Andy De Emmony is directing the project that’s based on Jacqueline Wilson’s novel Four Children And It (itself based on the 1902 E. Nesbit book Five Children And It). Simon Lewis adapted for the screen. World sales outside the UK are being handled by 13 Films. The story follows four children who are horrified to learn that their beach holiday is in fact a bonding trip with their potential future step-siblings. During an argument, they accidently find a magical, sandy, grumpy creature called the Psammead (voiced by Caine) who can grant them one wish a day — only to see the wish canceled as soon as the sun sets. The kids must learn to work together and choose their wishes wisely as an evil villain (Nighy) tries his best to steal the Psammead for himself. Principal photography starts in August.

Paul RuddRemstar Films has acquired Canadian rights in all media to comedy Ideal Home. Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan star in the Andrew Fleming directed pic; Fleming also wrote the screenplay. Fortitude International has sales. This is the first project co-financed by the distributor’s sister company Remstar Studios alongside the National Bank of Canada. Rudd plays Paul and Coogan is Erasmus, a bickering couple with an extravagant life. But when the grandson Erasmus never knew he had shows up at their high class dinner party with nowhere else to go, the couple reluctantly decide to take him in. Shooting is currently underway.

a-quiet-passionDDI has closed a series of sales on Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion. The film, which made its debut in Berlin, stars Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Ehle. Terence Davies is director. Deals are now set in the Middle East (Gulf Films), Germany (RC Releasing), Spain (Golem), Australia/NZ (Palace), China (Lemon Tree), Korea (Entermode), ex-Yugoslavia (MCF) and Scandinavia (Non Stop). Metrodome has UK.