Bob and Harvey Weinstein are back in the spy kids business, with TheWeinstein Company taking North American rights to Stormbreaker, based on Anthony Horowitz's popular novels about reluctant14-year-old superspy Alex Rider.
Capitol Films is sellinginternational rights to the $40m film, which has received hefty (£2.3 million)backing from the UK Film Council's Premiere fund under new boss, Sally Caplan.Entertainment Film Distributors has acquired UK rights.
Stormbreaker will be filmed this summer by Samuelson Productions,with Isle of Man Film and VIP Medienfonds 4, in association with Rising Star.
GeoffreySax is directing, from a screenplay by Horowitz, based on his own novel. Producers are Marc Samuelson and PeterSamuelson. Also producing are Steve Christian of Isle of Man Film, whichfinanced the development of Stormbreaker, and Andy Grosch of VIP Medienfonds 4.
The Weinstein's deal wasnegotiated by Charles Layton, who represented The Weinstein Company, and Steve Christian of Isle of Man Film, represented byJohn Sloss of Cinetic Media.
Bob Weinsteins' Dimension Films had one of its biggest successes withthe Spy Kids trilogy, whichgrossed over $500m worldwide.