Among the many new projects announced at Cannes were UK-Georgian project Epic, starring Ethan Hawke and an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt.

Ethan Hawke, Christopher Lambert and Chulpan Khamatova are lined up to star in Epic, a black comedy about a confused washed-up US director who is invited to make a national epic in an obscure republic in the Caucasus.

Pawel Pawlikowski and Ben Hopkins have written the screenplay for this first co-production between the UK and Georgia. Vladimer Katcharava is producing for 20 Steps Production alongside the UK’s Film And Music Entertainment, with Haut Et Court and Metrafilms also on board as co-producers.  

Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska have been confirmed to star in the John Crowley directed drama Carol, which follows the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York. The film is based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt and was adapted by Phyllis Nagy. Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley are producing for Number 9 Films with Film4 co-financing. Shooting is scheduled to go underway next February in London and New York, and HanWay Films will sell the film internationally.