Australia's Darnley House Productions has boarded Italian producer Leo Pescarolo's $12m picture, Jamil, The Last Goddess.

Backing has also been secured from Italy's Rai Cinema for the movie, which is loosely based on H.Rider Haggard's novel She, a mythical late 19th century African adventure about an immortal woman who is inspired by immortal love.

Pescarolo is also close to closing co-production deals on the picture with major European co-production partners.

Meanwhile, the Rome-based producer has also added to his production slate director Pasquale Scimeca's new movie, Josue' L'Ebreo. Set in the 15th century, the $7m film recounts the period when a royal edict forced thousands of persecuted Jews to leave Spain.

Other projects include Money Flies, a film based on Alessandro Fabbri's eponymous novel which Pescarolo is producing with partner Andrea De Liberato's Poetiche Cinematografiche. Backing has been secured from Rai Cinema, and the producers are currently searching for Canadian co-production partners.

In the meantime, post-production continues on Mogador Lovers, Souheil Ben-Barka's Italian-Moroccan picture which stars Max Von Sydow, Bernard Fresson and Violante Placido, Set in the 1930s, the movie tells the story of a young Frenchwoman, the daughter of a judge stationed in Morocco, who defies her parents' wishes and runs off with a rich Berber merchant who is waging a battle against the colonialists.