You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lions Gate gets slice of ‘Salami’

Amalou pic extends Euro reach

LONDON — Underscoring its growing European production ambitions, Lions Gate Films has entered into its first Euro co-production, “The Salami Man,” to be directed by J.K. Amalou.

Lions Gate Films will co-produce “The Salami Man” with French outfit BC Films. Creative Filmworks, Amalou’s own banner, will handle production duties. Sam Fu Maltha, Amalou and BC Films’ Beatrice Kaufman will take producer credits.

Key cast will be largely British and French, said Joe Drake, president of Lions Gate Films Intl., which has taken worldwide distribution rights to the project outside France and Benelux.

“Salami” is budgeted at around $5 million, depending on casting. A French helmer based out of London, Amalou previously directed “Hard Men.”

“The Salami Man” is a modern revenge comedy in which a downtrodden wife turns the tables on her husband, an adulterous Italian restaurateur. “Salami” is skedded to shoot in the first quarter of 1999.

“We are looking very seriously at financing and talent opportunities in Europe,” said Drake. “There’s a growing demand for films which are made in places other than the United States. We are making a concerted effort to push into some of these other areas,” he said.

Lions Gate recently opened an office in London, headed by Bobby Allen.

More Film

  • Marie-Louise Khondji

    Lumière Festival: Le CiNéMa Club’s CEO Marie-Louise Khondji on Financing a Free VOD Player and Online Collection Curation

    LONDON — Underscoring its growing European production ambitions, Lions Gate Films has entered into its first Euro co-production, “The Salami Man,” to be directed by J.K. Amalou. Lions Gate Films will co-produce “The Salami Man” with French outfit BC Films. Creative Filmworks, Amalou’s own banner, will handle production duties. Sam Fu Maltha, Amalou and BC […]

  • Bertrand TavernierLumiere Grand Lyon Film Festival,

    Lumière Festival: Bertrand Tavernier on his Lifelong Love of Classic Westerns

    LONDON — Underscoring its growing European production ambitions, Lions Gate Films has entered into its first Euro co-production, “The Salami Man,” to be directed by J.K. Amalou. Lions Gate Films will co-produce “The Salami Man” with French outfit BC Films. Creative Filmworks, Amalou’s own banner, will handle production duties. Sam Fu Maltha, Amalou and BC […]

  • Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel

    Elizabeth Olsen, Jane Rosenthal Demand Justice for Sexual Assault Victims at Chanel Tribeca Lunch

    LONDON — Underscoring its growing European production ambitions, Lions Gate Films has entered into its first Euro co-production, “The Salami Man,” to be directed by J.K. Amalou. Lions Gate Films will co-produce “The Salami Man” with French outfit BC Films. Creative Filmworks, Amalou’s own banner, will handle production duties. Sam Fu Maltha, Amalou and BC […]

  • Bill Pullman

    Bill Pullman Doubles His Treasure at the Woodstock Film Festival

    LONDON — Underscoring its growing European production ambitions, Lions Gate Films has entered into its first Euro co-production, “The Salami Man,” to be directed by J.K. Amalou. Lions Gate Films will co-produce “The Salami Man” with French outfit BC Films. Creative Filmworks, Amalou’s own banner, will handle production duties. Sam Fu Maltha, Amalou and BC […]

  • Harvey Weinstein Bob Weinstein

    Bob Weinstein Harassment Claim: The Scandal Spreads (Analysis)

    LONDON — Underscoring its growing European production ambitions, Lions Gate Films has entered into its first Euro co-production, “The Salami Man,” to be directed by J.K. Amalou. Lions Gate Films will co-produce “The Salami Man” with French outfit BC Films. Creative Filmworks, Amalou’s own banner, will handle production duties. Sam Fu Maltha, Amalou and BC […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content