Patrick Wachsberger's salespowerhouse Summit Entertainment has lined up a slate of five high profile newpictures for buyers at AFM headed by Tom Tykwer's film adapatation of PatrickSuskind's bestselling 1985 German novel Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer.
Summit is selling allinternational rights to the English-language movie which is being produced byBernd Eichinger's Constantin Film and which continues a long relationshipbetween Summit and Eichinger which started when Eichinger was one of thefounding partners in Summit in 1991. Wachsberger has sold Constantin'sEnglish-language films over the years including The House Of The Spirits and Smilla's Sense Of Snow.
Meanwhile Summit has alsopicked up sales on smaller-scale US drama called Down In The Valley starring Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood, theteen sensation who was nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Award this year forThirteen.
Wachsberger described thefilm as in the vein of Badlandsand Midnight Cowboy; it followsthe love affair between a teenage girl and her mentally ill cowboy boyfriend.David Jacobson (Dahmer) isdirecting; Element Films and HSI Entertainment are producing the project onwhich Norton will also be a producer.
Summit continues itsrelationship with Armyan Bernstein's Beacon Pictures by taking on selectterritories on A Lot Like Love, aromantic comedy to be directed by Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls, Saving Grace) and in which Ashton Kutcher will take the leadrole. The film, scripted by Colin Patrick Lynch, focuses on a twotwentysomethings who meet each other at the wrong time in their lives.
As per Beacon's co-financingarrangement with Walt Disney Studios, the film will be distributed in NorthAmerica and territories outside the key Summit territories by Buena Vista/BVI.
Summit has also exercisedits option to handle international sales in a limited number of territories onAlcon Entertainment's film of Ann Brashares' best-selling teenage book SisterhoodOf The Traveling Pants. The book isthe story of a magical pair of jeans which unites four best girl-friends asthey each spend a summer apart in different parts of the world.
Summit has handled sales onprevious Alcon titles including Insomnia, The Affair Of The Necklace and Racing Stripes.
The fifth new project on theAFM lineup is a low-budget documentary-style drama produced by Doug Liman,Summit's director on the currently shooting Mr And Mr Smith. Directed and co-written by Huck Botko, MailOrder Bride is the story of a youngpeasant woman from Burma who comes to the US to be the bride of a secludedAmerican man.
Perfume is the story of a monstrous man in 18thcentury France who has an extraordinary sense of smell and whose search for theperfect scent involves murder. The screenplay has been written by Eichinger,Tykwer and Andrew Birkin, who also adapted The Name Of The Rose and adapted and directed The Cement Garden for Eichinger.
The film will be shot partlyin France and Tykwer is currently scouting other locations around Europe todouble as French locations in the 18th century.
Wachsberger, who is aproducer on Liman's Mr And Mrs Smith, said that the big budget film which stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolieas married hit-men is scheduled to wrap on April 28. 20th CenturyFox has domestic and numerous international rights through Summit's partner onthe film Regency Enterprises.
Other current Summit/IS Film Distribution-sold picturesare in various stages of production. Intermedia's gigantic Alexander project directed by Oliver Stone has now wrapped andis in the editing stage; Crusader Entertainment's actioner Sahara starring Matthew McConaughey is now in its secondweek of shooting in Morocco; Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist is in pre-production with Ronald Harwood'sscreenplay due for delivery in March; Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato'sdocumentary Inside Deep Throat,which unusually for a documentary, was heavily pre-sold by Summit, should beready in late March; while John Maybury's The Jacket starring Adrien Brody is preparing to moveproduction from Scotland to Canada.