Netherlandsdistributor Dutch FilmWorks has unveiled a string of big budget acquisitionsfrom this year's Cannes film festival.

Buys include Peter Hyams' $60m The Chaser fromSignature Pictures. An action film filled with special effects, it is about a bankrobbery which takes place in Key Largo during a tornado.

It also bought Renny Harlin's Run, a high conceptthriller sold by Arclight, which is centred on a huge car chase in Rome, andaction picture The Life And Death Of Bobby Z, starringPaul Walker and sold by Nu Image, which is set to begin production inSeptember.

From IAC, Dutch FilmWorks also bought the fifthinstalment in the Highlander series - Highlander: The Source -with stars Christopher Lambert and Adrian Paul - and psychological horror film TheDark Hours from Fabrication.

The company also snapped up a number of Asian titles:manga title Dragon Head and Japanese action film Muscle Heat,both from Pony Canyon. Samurai Commando:Mission 1549, a sci-fi fantasy action film, was bought from Horizon.