Canuck coin ‘Drives’ Shum

MONTREAL – The financing is finally in place for “Drive She Said,” Vancouver-based writer-director Mina Shum’s first new project since “Double Happiness,” Shum’s debut which was released in the U.S. by Fine Line Features.

“Drive She Said,” written and directed by Shum, will be financed entirely out of Canada, with a mix of private and public funding. Producer Steve Hegyes, who also produced “Double Happiness,” has sold Canadian theatrical rights to Malofilm Distribution of Montreal, and Canuck TV rights to City-TV in Toronto. The Canadian broadcast sale helped trigger public support from the new C$100 million ($74 million) cable production fund, which was a key element in pulling together the financing, Hegyes said.

The new Shum pic was originally slated to be produced by Fine Line, but the deal fell apart last year due to “creative and budgetary differences,” Hegyes said. The budget will be just north of $2 million. The story focuses on a woman who is taken hostage by bank robbers and falls in love with one of her abductors.

Shum will begin lensing the feature in Vancouver in March, and the film, produced by Hegyes and Shum’s company 47 Films, will likely have its premiere at this year’s Toronto festival.

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