EXCLUSIVE: Buyers bite on Roger Michel rom-com Le Weekend as $21m sci-fi Our Robot Overlords closes finance.  

Fledgling UK outfit Embankment Films continues to generate healthy demand for its growing slate, with buyers flocking to Roger Michel’s new rom-com Le Weekend - which shoots Monday - and $21m sci-fi Our Robot Overlords, which has closed finance at the AFM, and is due to shoot in early 2013, with VFX handled by Nvizible.

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Tim Haslam and Hugo Gumbar’s Embankment has closed 21 territories on Le Weekend, scripted by Hanif Kureishi and starring Jim Broadbent, including deals with Germany (Prokino), Australia (Transmission), Benelux (Cineart), Switzerland (Frenetic) and Israel (United King).

Distributors on anticipated Princess Diana biopic Diana, which has all but sold out, include Alliance Films for UK, Spain and Canada, while Embankment has closed 35 territories on upcoming Robert Pattinson war film Mission: Blacklist, including to France (Metropolitan), Germany (Ascot Elite), Australia (Transmission), Scandinavia (Svensk), Latin America (Imagine) and Hong Kong (Panorama).