Hot properties at AFM

Among the pix that have buyers buzzing at the market:

Paul Verhoeven’s “Crusade” and Renny Harlin’s “Cutthroat Island” from Carolco. Asking prices were described by one would-be buyer as “astronomical.”

“Nell,” with Jodie Foster directed by Michael Apted hawked by Polygram Film Intl. “It’s hot,” said one multi-territory buyer.

“Crisis in the Hot Zone,” Ridley Scott’s $ 40 million opus about a deadly virus. 20th Century Fox has domestic and it’s rumored that Majestic Films & TV Intl. has placed European rights to Fox also.

“T. Rex,” the dinosaur pic Whoopi Goldberg didn’t want to do but eventually signed for after a legal wrangle. No doubt her $ 7 million fee was an inducement. Budget for the F/X-laden epic has escalated to $ 38 million. J&M Entertainment has foreign rights.

“Exit to Eden,” Garry Marshall’s comedy toplining Paul Mercurio. Domestic distrib Savoy is dealing offshore rights.

“No Escape,” the futuristic Australian-lensed drama that Savoy has in the U.S. Exec producer Jake Eberts is tending overseas sales.

“The Crossing Guard,” the Jack Nicholson starrer, and Wayne Wang’s “Smoke” from Miramax Intl.

“Company of Angels,” Kathryn Bigelow’s version of Joan of Arc and “The Scarlet Letter” (Roland Joffe directing, Demi Moore starring), and Oliver Stone’s “Noriega” with Al Pacino from Summit Entertainment.

“Steal Big, Steal Little,” first pic from director Andrew Davis via his domestic deal with Savoy. Kathy Morgan is helping Davis with offshore sales.

“An Awfully Big Adventure,”$ 6 million Alan Rickman-Hugh Grant starrer from director Mike Newell. Fine Line has domestic, UGC has foreign excluding the U.K.

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