Summit Entertainment has taken international rights to Brian De Palma's next picture, the independently-financed noir thriller Femme Fatale, a $30m-$35m by Tarak Ben Ammar's Paris-based production company Quinta and Kirch/Mediaset European buying alliance Epsilon.
Shooting is scheduled to start on the film in late November in Europe with Uma Thurman and Jennifer Lopez mentioned as possibilities for the title role, a woman who is haunted by the misdeeds of her past.
De Palma is overcoming the critical lambasting of his last studio film, Disney's Mission To Mars. His other credits include Mission: Impossible, Dressed To Kill, Raising Cain, Obssession, Scarface and Carlito's Way.
Summit has also picked up select territories on The Dish, the Australian crowd-pleaser which was an audience favorite at the Toronto International Film Festival. Rob Sitch (The Castle) directed the film which stars Sam Neill, Patrick Warburton and Kevin Harrington. An inspirational comedy, the film tells the true story of how a small group of scientists in a sleepy Australian town cooordinate the first images of the moonwalk in 1969.