Spain’s Morena Films has joined forces with US companies Iron Circle Pictures and Prominent Pictures for Daniel Calparsoro’s drama The Cold, about a group of friends who are forced to confront their war torn past on a hunting trip. Based on the screenplay by Russell Friedenberg, the film is produced by Alvaro Longoria, Paull Cho, Heather Rae and David Wenzel. Hayden Christensen has been confirmed to star, with shooting scheduled to start in winter 2011. SC Films International is handling international sales.
A young Dutchman who travels to Malaysia in search of a pirate treasure is at the centre of Almayer’s Folly, which will wrap shooting on Christmas Eve in Cambodia, starring Marc Barbé, Stanislas Merha and Aurora Marion. Directed and scripted (based on the eponymous 19th century novel by Jasper Conrad) by Chantal Akerman, the film is co-produced by Liaison Cinematographique, Artemis Productions and Paradis Films. It received financial support from Canal +, CNC (Centre National de la Cinématographie), CinéCinéma and the Belgian French Community. Shellac will release the film across France.
Jaime Winstone, Will Poulter, Liz White, Charlie Creed-Miles and Sammy Williams are heading the cast for Wild Bill, produced by Dexter Fletcher, and Sam Tromans and Tim Cole for 20ten Media. Fletcher is also directing the drama about a father who is reunited with his sons after serving an eight-year sentence in prison. Fletcher, Cole and Danny King co-wrote the screenplay. Shooting has just started in and around East London and at the Three Mills studios and is planned to finished in late January with a sales agent and distributor still to be appointed.