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Jackson in ‘Red’ for NL

Samuel L. Jackson and Greta Scacchi are set to play “The Red Violin” for New Line Intl. and three other overseas companies in New Line’s first international co-production, the company announced Wednesday.

Jackson and Scacchi will enact two of several people around the world through whose hands a mystical red violin passes over four centuries.

Pic started shooting Feb. 15 in Montreal. Production over the next six months will move to Vienna; Cremona, Italy; Oxford, England; and finally to China.

Francois Girard, who helmed “Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould,” is directing, and co-wrote with Don McKellar.

Niv Fichman is producing, and Daniel Iron and Giannandrea Pecorelli are co-producers.

New Line Intl. is jointly financing the $10 million project with Channel Four in the United Kingdom, Mikado in Italy, Rhombus Media in Toronto and Cineplex Odeon Films in Canada. Each of those companies will have distrib rights to their specific areas. New Line will handle the rest of the world.

Domestically, the project is likely to be picked up by Fine Line Features, which has a first look at the project from the producers.

NLI prexy Rolf Mittweg said the pic has great box office potential overseas. “There are all the international aspects to it,” he said. “It takes place in all those different countries.”

The project marks the first international co-production for the international division of New Line Cinema. Other pics it has developed and produced on its own include “My Own Private Idaho,” “Little Odessa” and the upcoming “Tears of Julian Po,” due out in July from Fine Line.

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