EXCLUSIVE: Camela Galano heads to the Croisette with three sales titles and will open preliminary discussions on the Unique Features development slate assembled by her former New Line colleagues Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne.
Galano (pictured), the former president of New Line International and more recently head of international acquisitions at Warner Bros, will show the first promo for the highly anticipated Romeo & Juliet starring Hailee Steinfeld and British newcomer Douglas Booth.
Downton Abbey screenwriter Julian Fellowes adapted the Shakespeare tragedy and Carlo Carlei directs. The Echo Lake Entertainment, Amber Entertainment and Swarovski Entertainment production will open through Entertainment in the UK, Rai in Italy, Icon in Australia, Volga in Russia, CCS in South Korea, Shooting Stars in the Middle East and Myndform in Iceland.
Summer In February comes from CrossDay Productions and Apart Films and stars Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning and Dan Stevens in the adaptation of Jonathan Smith’s 1995 novel about young love in early 20th century England. Christopher Menual directed the project, which like Romeo & Juliet is in post.
Shooting is underway in Hungary on Atlas Independent’s horror film Open Grave in association with 852 Films. Sharlto Copley, Thomas Kretschmann and Josie Ho star and as previously announced, sales have closed with Village Roadshow in Australia and New Zealand, Svensk in Scandinavia, Shooting Stars in the Middle East and Myndform in Iceland.
Galano will not be in sales mode on Shaye and Lynne’s Unique Features portfolio, however she will start talks with buyers. The roster includes a drama about the life of JRR Tolkein called Middle Earth that will focus on three formative influences on the writer’s life: his love Edith, his time served during the first world war and the transformation of his beloved England into a war machine. Tolkein of course has a special place in New Line hearts given the global success of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
Unique’s titles include: the animated children’s tale High In The Clouds, which Rob Minkoff will direct and will feature an original score by Paul McCartney; romance French Lessons based on Diane English’s adapted screenplay from the novel by Ellen Sussman; War Dogs, which is styled as a poignant drama about a Navy SEAL’s love for his military dog; Wall Street thriller The Set Up; and futuristic allegory Sailing To Byzantium.
There are also two Amber Entertainment titles on the development slate – the Medieval zombie vs knights tale Stronghold and military drama Choosers Of The Slain.