The new joint venture between DNA Films and FoxSearchlight has boarded its first project following an agreement to collaborateon Julian Fellowes' A Way Through The Woods with the UK's Celador Films.
The romance will be financed 50:50 by Celador and DNA,with Fox Searchlight handling worldwide distribution.
Shooting beganon Sept 8 in and around London and in Paris and is expected to last eightweeks.
The film marksthe directorial debut of Fellowes, who also co-wrote the screenplay and won the2002 best screenplay Oscar for Gosford Park.
Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson star as a happily marriedcouple whose idyllic village life is turned upside down by the arrival of astranger, played by Rupert Everett.
Celador ChairmanPaul Smith will serve as executive producer with Christian Colson and SteveClark-Hall producing.
"I doubtthat there is a better UK partner than DNA to join us on the production of AWay Through The Woodsand certainly we could not be in better hands worldwide than with FoxSearchlight," Smith said in a statement.
"We atCelador feel particularly privileged that our second movie is the first tobenefit from the DNA/Fox Searchlight unique initiative."
"We aredelighted to be collaborating with Paul Smith and Celador on this film,"added DNA co-chairman Andrew Macdonald.
"Julian'swonderful script and directorial instincts coupled with the incredible cast andcrew make this the perfect first project for DNA."