Prolific Rotterdam-basedproducer Kees Kasander has revealed details of his latest projects. Kasandermay be China-bound after optioning K The Art Of Love, the erotic 1930s-set novel by Hong Ying. He islooking for a Chinese director to helm the project.
In Cannes this week, it wasannounced that Kasander will co-produce Kill Kill Faster Faster, the latest feature from Carlo Dusi's UK-basedproducing and financing outfit Aria Films. The noir-ish thriller is due tostart shooting in Rotterdam later this month.
The film marks the featuredirectorial debut of Gareth Roberts, who has adapted the screenplay from JoelRose's novel. Gil Bellows, Lisa Ray and Esai Morales headline the cast.
Nightwatching, Kasander's latest project with Peter Greenaway, isset to start shooting soon and will be ready for Cannes 2007.
It is on ContentFilm'sCannes slate and has already pre-sold widely. Deals have already been donewith, among others, Tokyo Theatres for Japan, Monolith for Poland, Lusomundofor Portugal, and Budapest Film in Hungary
Meanwhile, Kasander anddirector Ben Sombogaart are hatching a follow-up to their big-budget kids'movie, Crusade (on Celsius'Cannes slate and likely to be ready for the autumn festivals.)
They are working together onHasse Simonsdochter, anotheradaptation of a children's novel by Thea Beckman.
Kasander is also preparing TheKing, another big-budgetEnglish-language kids' film in the vein of Crusade. Adapted from a novel by Jan Terlouw, it will bedirected by Martin Koolhoven and scripted by Jean-Claude van Ryckeghem andChris Crabs. It's about a 17-year-old boy who wants to become king.
Intriguingly, Kasander is intalks to develop a new project with Andrea Arnold (whose debut feature RedRoad screens in Cannes competition.)He is also working with Paul Tickell on a film about Carnaby Street and theBritish music scene of the 1960s.