Paltrow opens ‘Sliding Doors’


Gwyneth Paltrow has inked a deal to star in “Sliding Doors,” a contemporary comedy-drama produced by Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Entertainment and financed by Guy East’s Intermedia.

The film, which explores modern relationships, is based on an original screenplay by Peter Howitt. Howitt will make his directorial debut on the film.

Mirage’s Bill Horberg and British producer Philippa Braithwaite (“Staggered”) will produce.

Intermedia also is handling worldwide distribution for the film, set to begin production in March on locations throughout London.

Paltrow was most recently seen in Doug McGrath’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma.” She just completed starring in Alfonso Cuaron’s update of “Great Expectations.”

Intermedia on a roll

“Sliding Doors” joins the growing list of films on Intermedia’s slate, which includes “The Trade” from Mirage Enterprises and West Eleven Films, “Land Girls” from West Eleven and “The Barber of Siberia” from Michel Seydoux’s Camera One.

“The Trade” is the second collaboration between Intermedia and Mirage, under the new longterm production financing and distribution deal negotiated between the two companies.

The $20 million road thriller is about a young woman in trouble who trades identities with a mysterious older woman, only to find even more peril as she encounters militant groups and gun shows in America’s Southwest. Pic will be directed by Angela Pope (“Captives”) from a script by Kara Linstrom, and will be produced by Pollack, Horberg, Ruth Jackson and Becka Ross. Intermedia will handle financing and distribution.

Casting has not been set, but pic is scheduled to roll in May on locations around the Southwest.

CAA’s John Ptak is working with Mirage and Intermedia in arranging domestic distribution for both films.

Gramercy takes ‘Girls’

Gramercy will distribute domestically David Leland’s “Land Girls,” which West Eleven is producing in tandem with Greenpoint Films. Catherine McCormack, Rachel Weisz and Anna Friel are set to star in the pic, which begins production this month in England.

“The Barber of Siberia,” starring Julia Ormond and written and directed by Oscar-winner Nikita Mikhalkov (“Burnt by the Sun”), is currently lensing in Russia.

East started Intermedia after ankling London-based Majestic Films last January. The company has offices in Beverly Hills and London.

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