Boorman to helm early Jordan script

Man of the hour Neil Jordan co-wrote “Broken Dreams” long before his Oscar-nominated “The Crying Game,” but now the apocalyptic love story is finding its way to the screen. It will be directed this year by co-scripter John Boorman , according to Ernst Goldschmidt of upstart indie Sud Finance.

River Phoenix is cast as the lead in “a love story in a futuristic, post-holocaust atomic world,” Goldschmidt said. “It has to do with magic and the power of the mind, which can overcome incredible odds. It’s very spirtual. We are talking more of a John Boorman film than a Neil Jordan movie,” he said, pointing to Boorman’s “Deliverance” and “Excalibur.”

“There is a pattern here about the power of the human spirit,” he said.

“Broken Dreams” is budgeted at $ 15 million and is being financed through Paris-based Sud Finance subsid Rimb Prods. Rimb’s Pierre Novat will produce.

Roland Joffe (“The Killing Fields,””The Mission,””City of Joy”) also has signed on with a Sud subsid (Sceneries Entertainment) to direct “A Chain of Voices,” based on a novel by “A Dry White Season” author Andre Brink (scripted by Jay Cocks), to be shot in South Africa in late ’94.

Exec producer Goldschmidt said “Voices” is budgeted at $ 20 million. Tale spins around a turn-of-the-century love quadrangle between two white men, one black man and one white woman, Goldschmidt said, noting no cast has been inked.

Yet another Sud Finance subsid, River Lot Prods., is developing a third $ 20 million feature, “The Royal Way,” to be directed by Andreai Konchalovsky (“Runaway Train,””Tango & Cash”) based on the book by Andre Malraux.

Skedded for a ’94 shoot in Vietman, autobiographical adventure is about a young man who ventures into Indochina to steal artwork to resell in Paris. En route, he meets someone who changes his life. No cast is signed, but Goldschmidt is exec producing. Distribution and foreign sales of all three titles will be handled by Sud Finance subsid Ulysse Entertainment.

Pressed on details about Sud Finance’s resources, Goldschmidt would only say: “It’s a company financed by private investment.”

When the company hit Century City last spring (Daily Variety, June 26), exex were also vague about cash sources. Even Goldschmidt admitted Sud Finance is “a very new company even in France.” However, he’s hoping to use the names of the talent to fuel pre-sales at the American Film Market, and said the company also will rely on “equity infusions” from private investors.

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