Senator International has sold French rights on the Vincenzo Natali directed Nothing to Samuel Hadida's Metropolitan Filmexport. The film, which Senator is financing with Japan's Klockworx, is currently in pre-production while Natali finishes Company Man for Pandora and Miramax. A May start is possible.
The Canadian Natali has seen his star rise in the past few years after scoring big with 1997 sleeper Cube. Hadida famously purchased that film for $100,000 and turned it into a cult hit in France, generating more than $10m.
Nothing, written by The Drews (Andrew Miller and Andrew Lowery), stars frequent Natali collaborators Miller and David Hewlitt as two friends "who are fed up with the outside world and realize they can wish away anything they hate'let your imagination go from there," explains Senator's Joe Drake.
"It's such a unique project," adds Drake who says US buyers are indeed sniffing around. The film is as-yet unbudgeted but will fall in the under $10 million category.
As for Metropolitan Filmexport, Hadida has also picked up the Hamish McAlpine produced serial killer tale Bundy which has had a healthy run of sales at this year's AFM through Overseas FilmGroup.