After every major Hollywood studio has passed, word comes that “Lolita,” directed by Adrian Lyne from the controversial Vladimir Nabokov novel, may land in the lap of Trimark Pictures.
“We are interested in all U.S. rights at the right price,” Trimark CEO Mark Amin told Daily Variety after a recent screening, confirming that the indie is in talks to acquire the film.
The pic, developed by bankrupt Carolco Pictures, was sold in 1995 in a package with “Showgirls” to Gallic major Pathe.
Burdened by its subject matter — a grown man’s sexual obsession with a 12 year old “nymphet” — and the $62 million that Gallic major Pathe has riding on it — “Lolita” has for months been flitting from one private screening to the next, desperately seeking a U.S. distributor.
Trimark did well recently with Mira Nair’s steamy “Kama Sutra” and not so well with Rodney Dangerfield’s “Meet Wally Sparks.” The company’s strong suit is homevideo. Industry observers guess that a “Lolita” union with Trimark would essentially mean a video deal that included a limited U.S. theatrical release.
The pic stars Jeremy Irons, Melanie Griffith and newcomer Dominique Swain in the title role.