CANNES — Indie writer-helmer Michael Hacker has closed two deals for feature projects at Cannes.
Hacker made his directorial debut with “The Destiny of Marty Fine,” which won the second jury prize at the 1996 Slamdance Festival.
He will direct “Too Good to Be True” for Austrian producer Norbert Blecha, president of Tera Films. Based on an idea by Hacker, “Too Good” is the story of an American who travels to Vienna for the funeral of his father only to discover that the death has been faked. Hacker co-scripted with his writing partner, playwright Joseph Goodrich.
The two will also pen the screenplay for “The Portage,” based on a 1979 novel of the same name by Brit lit critic George Steiner.
Former United Artists and Orion Pictures president Eric Pleskow will produce the film about a group of Nazi hunters who find Hitler alive in a South American jungle and put him on trial. Also producing are Stephen Greenwald, Thierry Aidenbaum and Laurent Vatinet.