ContentFilmInternational has lined up a prestigious slate of titles for AFM including workby Peter Greenaway, Keith Gordon and Paul Verhoeven, as well as comedy pick-up TheMoguls from Michael Kuhn's QwertyFilms.
Following parent company ContentFilm's decision to shift its focus towardslibrary content with last summer's acquisition of Fireworks International,ContentFilm International's managing director Jamie Carmichael said his companyaimed to represent ten to 12 titles a year, co-financing approximatelytwo-thirds of that annual slate.
"In this new incarnation of ContentFilm International, the library we built isnow being handled by Fireworks on the television library side, freeing us up tobecome involved in more prestigious US and European projects of our choosing,"Carmichael said.
To this end ContentFilm International has picked up The Moguls, starring Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson and William Fichtner, which will be released in North America throughBauer Martinez Distribution early next year. The film was orginally represented by the now defunct Element X.
Michael Traeger wrote and directed the story about a group of small town menwho try to change their fortunes by shooting an adult film. Aaron Ryderproduced and Kuhn will serve as executive producer along with Malcolm Ritchieand Jill Tandy for N1 European Film Produktions.
Also headed for AFM are Greenaway's period mystery Nightwatching, which explores the real-life circumstances behindRembrandt's most celebrated painting, The Nightwatch.
The project is due to be completed in time for the 400th anniversarycelebration of the Dutch Master's birth next year and is being produced by KeesKasander and Christine Haebler, with Carlo Dusi serving as executive producer.
The slate includes Gordon's A Thousand Days, a literary romantic drama set in 1960s Spain andproduced by Nigel Thomas, Peter Watson-Wood and Lauri Apelian. The storycentres on a New Yorkerwriter who recalls the painful choice he once made between his wife, aphotographer, and a Matador with whom he had become obsessed.
ContentFilm International is also representing Verhoeven's world war twothriller and Dutch/German/UK co-production Black Book, which is currently shooting in Holland starringCarice van Houten, as well as Oscar hopefulTransamerica starring Felicity Huffman, the coming-of-age comedy Driving Lessons starring Julie Walters, Rupert Grint and LauraLinney, and erotic thriller The Book Of Revelation starring Tom Long, Greta Scacchi and Colin Friels.
Carmichael will also screen the completed family adventure MEE-SHEE: TheWater Giant, featuring specialeffects from Jim Henson's Creature Shop.