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Joe Carnahan to direct Stretch for IM Global, Blumhouse

EXCLUSIVE: IM Global has come on board to finance the action title starring Patrick Wilson (pictured), one of several new titles to emerge on the opening day of the market.

The financing, production and sales company will produce with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions. Stretch is one of 14 titles IM Global has financed or co-financed in the past 18 months. The sales team hosted a packed promo reel presentation on Tuesday featuring new footage from 12 films on the slate.

CEO Stuart Ford and sales chief Jonathan Deckter are also talking up the previously announced musical comedy Walking On Sunshine from Vertigo Films, which will now star Kylie Minogue. Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini, whose credits include two films from the StreetDance franchise, will direct.

The Weinstein Company has boarded sales rights to Untitled Chef Project, based on a screenplay by Steven Knight about a wild child chef who assembles a crack team in his bid for a third Michelin star.

Saw co-creator James Wan and Lee Clay will produce found footage project House Of Horror, while genre project Satanic comes from producers Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, David Kirschner and Corey Sienega.

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage stars Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld and Nick Nolte in a previously announced comedy about a teenage girl who orchestrates romance between her father and the nanny.

Hyde Park International has commenced talks on 3D family adventure The Wonder 3-D. Karl Urban, Willow Shields from The Hunger Games and Taiwan’s Leehom Wang will star and production is scheduled for March 2013 in China and New Zealand.

Ron Underwood directs from a screenplay by Ashley Sidaway, Robert Sidaway and Lindsay Edmonds about teenagers who race to prevent a natural catastrophe after they take a ride inside a rainbow and emerge in China.  

Robert Sidaway, Iain Brown, Steve Sachs and Chun-Yi Yueh produce and James M Vernon of Media Funds Management and Ashok Amitraj serve as executive producers.

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