Barry Levinson and FredericGolchan have acquired the English-language remake rights to Daniel Roby's LaPeau Blanche (White Skin), the winner of the first Canadian feature prize atthe 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.
Golchan told Screen Daily thepair are planning to produce the picture and are shopping the project to USstudios. He said Levinson is not likely to direct.
Written by Roby and JoelChampetier, based on Champetier's novel, the genre-bending romantic horrorstory tells of a man who falls into an intense relationship with a woman whoseappearance contradicts all of the norms he associates with beauty. As hebecomes increasingly besotted with her, and drawn deeper into her bizarrefamily, it becomes apparent that their interest in him goes further than whatanyone would consider natural.
The film has enjoyed wideplay on the international film festival circuit; indeed, Levinson and Golchansaw the film at the Gerardmer Fantasy Film Festival in France and approachedChampetier, who was representing the film at the festival. Golchan latercemented the deal with Roby, who was also the producer of the film, and SevilleInternational co-president David Reckziegel, who handled international salesand distributed the film in Canada.
The original film starsMarianne Farley, Marc Paquet, Frederic Pierre, Jessica Malka and Julie LeBreton. Seville has sold the film in several territories internationally.