Idris Elba is adding another thread to his resumé with documentary Cut From A Different Cloth. From Woodcut Media and Elba’s Green Door Pictures, the one-hour project focuses on Superdry founders Julian Dunkerton and James Holder as they team with Elba to launch their first premium fashion line. Already boasting a retail business worth £1.2B, Superdry has conquered the UK and Europe, and is setting its sights on America and China. The observational film provides a glimpse into the world of a successful entrepreneur (Dunkerton), his perfectionist designer (Holder), their billion pound empire and their new partner in crime (Elba), as together they attempt to confound the critics and beat the competition. This will be the first time Superdry has launched a line so quickly, looking to appeal to a completely different customer. It’s also a first for multi-hyphenate Elba, who has never done anything in the fashion industry. Executive producers are Woodcut Media’s Derren Lawford and Nicholas Yearwood of Green Door Pictures. Woodcut and Green Door are co-financing with Content Media on sales.
Veteran Swedish-French drama executive Patrick Nebout and Beta Film’s Jan Mojto are launching joint venture, Dramacorp. Based in Sweden, the new operation will focus on the origination, development and executive production of high-concept drama with international appeal. Beta Film has invested in Dramacorp as a major shareholder. Nebout was most recently creative director of Paris-based Atlantique Productions. Prior to that, he set up NICE Drama in Sweden with writer-producer Henrik Jansson-Schweizer and produced the film adaptation of the bestselling book The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared, which was a huge local box office success.
Ovation TV has acquired U.S. premiere rights to Versailles, the Canal+ series that’s co-produced by Capa Drama, Zodiak Fiction and Incendo. Versailles is scheduled to premiere on Ovation October 1. The Anglo-French drama set in the court of Louis XIV, is executive produced by Simon Mirren (Without A Trace), David Wolstencroft (Spooks), Claude Chelli (Braquo), and Anne Thomopoulos (Rome), and directed by Jalil Lespert (Yves Saint Laurent). Zodiak Rights handles international.