Nippon Herald Films has clinched a three picture deal with Intermedia that covers the Harrison Ford-starrer K:19 The Widowmaker, K:Pax starring Kevin Spacey and The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey.
The deal marks the first multi-picture sale for Intermedia since it unveiled its star-studded slate just ahead of the London Screenings. K: Pax will be handled by Universal in the US; while The Wedding Planner, which was well received by buyers at its premiere screening in London, will be released domestically through Sony Pictures. US distribution is currently being negotiated for K:19.
The trio join Nippon Herald's already hefty slate that includes IEG's Gangs Of New York (a co-acquisition with Shochiku), Franchise Pictures' Driven and Get Carter with Sylvester Stallone and upcoming Mandalay movies including The Score starring Robert De Niro and Edward Norton and Enemies At The Gate with Jude Law and Ed Harris.
Other pictures on the Intermedia slate include Basic Instinct 2 starring Sharon Stone, Terminator 3 with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Spike Jonze's Adaptation starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep which is co-represented by Good Machine International, and Slap Her She's French from Constantin Pictures on which Fox Searchlight took domestic rights.
In addition, Intermedia revealed it would be financing and handling worldwide sales duties on Monty, a project which Intermedia's new president of worldwide distribution and acquisitions Jere Hausfater was planning to back in his previous incarnation at Buena Vista Film Sales.
Wes Bentley, the star of American Beauty and United Artists' forthcoming The Claim, and Rachel Leigh Cook, whose credits include She's All That and Get Carter, will star in the film being directed by Billy Hopkins, whose sole prior credit is I Love You, I Love You Not starring Clare Danes and Jude Law.
Produced by Newman/Tooley Films and written by Michael Easton, the film follows Clift's life from the start of his Hollywood career in 1947 to his death in 1966 and features many of Clift's contemporaries including Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and John Wayne. Vincent Newman and Tucker Tooley will produce the film with Lee Daniels, who is Bentley's manager.