US-based First Look Mediahas acquired international rights to Jonathan English's UK, German, French andItalian horror co-production Minotaur, which is set to begin productionat Babelsberg Studios in Berlin in August with Luke Mably, Tony Todd and StevenBerkoff attached to star.

Sales arm First LookInternational will begin pre-sales at Cannes and Lions Gate will handledomestic release on the picture, which is being produced by Melterni Films'English and Kim Barnes.

Based on the Greek myth setin 1400BC, the story centres on a young man's plan to defy an ancient customwhereby nine youths from his town are sacrificed every five years to anisland-dwelling monster.

First Look is alsopartnering with ThinkFilm on the domestic theatrical release of ChristianJohnston's 9/11 thriller September Tapes.

The picture will be releasedunder the First Look Pictures banner and is scheduled to open in August, withDVD release set to follow in November through First Look Home Entertainment.

ThinkFilm and First Look Pictureswill collaborate on the marketing and distribution plan while ThinkFilm willhandle theatrical bookings.

First Look Internationalwill begin selling international rights at Cannes, where the picture is due toreceive its market premiere today .

September Tapes centres on the experiences of a documentaryfilm-maker who travels to war-torn Afghanistan six months after 9/11 to followa bounty hunter on the trail of Osama bin Laden.