Independent sales, financingand production powerhouse Summit Entertainment has added two new pictures toits Cannes lineup - The Dark, thelatest horror movie to emerge from Paul Anderson and Jeremy Bolt's ImpactPictures via its financing deal with Constantin Film and The Alibi, a contemporary thriller, which Summit isco-financing and co-producing with Jim Stern's Endgame Entertainment.
Canada's John Fawcett, whodirected the cult Canadian horror picture Ginger Snaps, is directing The Dark for Impact. The film, scheduled to shoot in the IsleOf Man in July, is about a series of mysterious occurrences that befall a youngfamily living on the site of a Welsh abbatoir and haunted by the ghost of achild killed there.
The Alibi is the first film from the directing team of MattCheckowski and Kurt Mattila, who created the "previsions" visuals in StevenSpielberg's Minority Report. Theensemble cast is led by Steve Coogan and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, the screenplayby Collin Friesen (whose first screenplay The Big White has been shot by director Mark Mylod and is sold byCapitol Films) and shooting is set to start in Los Angeles in the summer.
Summit CEO PatrickWachsberger said the film is a "really hip, contemporary thriller in the veinof The Sting. It's a very originalscript and will have a great cast." He compared the directors to "The WachowskiBrothers before The Matrix." Summit has strong relationships with both stars,having sold Around The World In 80 Days with Coogan and Femme Fatalewith Romijn-Stamos.
Meanwhile Summit is showingfootage of its dark drama Down In The Valley starring Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood whichwrapped in LA last week, as well as scenes from The Jacket starring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley.
Alcon Entertainmentprincipals Andrew Iscove and Broderick Johnson will be in Cannes to participatein Summit marketing meeting for CG-animated comedy Racing Stripes. After Cannes, they will travel to Greece to startshooting their film of the hit teen novel Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants on which Summit has select territories.
And there is a chance thatRoman Polanski will travel to Cannes to meet buyers of his $70m film of OliverTwist which starts shooting on July12 in Prague. The movie, to which Sony Pictures has acquired North and LatinAmerican rights, is scheduled to open domestically at Thanksgiving 2005.
It's a busy summer forSummit, with Beacon Pictures' A Lot Like Love currently in front of the cameras in Los Angeleswith Nigel Cole directing and Ashton Kutcher in the lead role, and Constantin'sPerfume set to shoot in Augustwith Tom Tykwer directing.