Proving yet again the affinity global distributors have for Bruce Willis, K5 International has enjoyed a strong sales run at Berlin with Vice. The Willis-starrer has nearly sold out with more than 37 territories biting. The Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films picture, produced by Randall Emmett, George Furla and Adam Goldworm, was picked up across Scandinavia, Russia, Benelux, Japan, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Israel, Portugal, Russia, Czechoslovakia and France. The film had previously sold to Germany, Poland, ex-Yugoslavia, Latin America, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, and India. Shooting starts in Alabama next month on the movie that’s set in a resort where the rich live out their most perverse fantasies via synthetic humanoids. When one becomes self-aware and breaks out, she seeks her revenge. Willis plays the resort’s owner and Ambyr Childers is the renegade android. Thomas Jane is also in the cast. Brian A. Miller is directing from a script by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore.
Umedia International has acquired international distribution rights to the movie adaptation of Richard Alfieri’s play Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks. Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson and Jacki Weaver star in the film which also features Rita Moreno, Julian Sands, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Anthony Zerbe and Simon Miller. Arthur Allan Seidelman, who directed productions of the play on Broadway, at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and on London’s West End, helmed the movie version. It’s the story of the wife of a Baptist minister who hires an acerbic dance instructor so she can learn dancing in her home; both end up learning more than they bargained for.
The UK’s ITV recently announced it was launching pay channel ITV Encore on Sky‘s platforms, with a view to airing the best of British drama. Now, the ambitious group says it’s adding free-to-air channel ITVBe which will feature lifestyle and reality programming from the UK and the U.S. From launch, ITVBe will become the exclusive home of ITV’s award winning series, The Only Way is Essex. Designed to appeal to a younger, female audience, it will also feature acquired content, including the Real Housewives franchise. The launch is eyed for the end of the year. ITV chief Adam Crozier says ITVBe is part of the group’s strategy to become “the most watched, most loved and most talked about family of free and pay channels for every household and every advertiser in the UK.”