Saban Films is in negotiations to acquire U.S. distrib rights on Tom Vaughan’s How to Make Love Like an Englishman starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba. Written by Matthew Newman, film follows a Cambridge University professor, played by Brosnan, who meets his match, portrayed by Hayek. However, complications ensue when the professor gets her graduate student stepsister (Alba) pregnant and he’s forced to re-evaluate his life of hedonistic excess.
Saban Films president Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated on behalf of Saban Films, and CAA on behalf of the producers. Foreign is being handled by The Solution Entertainment Group. Also producing are Southpaw Entertainment’s Richard B. Lewis and Irish DreamTime’s Beau St.Clair with PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Raj Brinder Singh, Remington Chase, Grant Cramer and Simon Orange. Pierce Brosnan, Michael R. Williams, Myles Nestel, Lisa Wilson, Matthew Newman, Stephan Martiroysan, Stuart Brown and Mike Sullivan are serving as EPs with Sriram Das and Steven Shapiro as co-EPs and Gabrielle Jerou-Tabak, Keith Arnold and Mark Fasano as co-producers. Merced Media Partners, PalmStar Media Capital, and Envision Entertainment financed How to Make Love Like an Englishman.
Saban acquired Tommy Lees Jones directorial The Homesman out of Cannes, and the film was co-released by Roadside Attractions on November 14. Saban recently picked up U.S. for the Nicolas Cage crime thriller The Trust. Their slate also includes John Travolta’s The Forger; action thriller Tracers starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos from Temple Hill Entertainment; and American Heist with Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune “AKON” Thiam.