Cristofer helming suspense pic
Intermedia, in conjunction with Paris-based UGC, is in final negotiations to handle all foreign rights on MGM’s Antonio Banderas-Angelina Jolie starrer “Dancing in the Dark.”
Pic, slated to begin lensing in February, was written by Michael Cristofer (“Body Shots,” “Gia”), who will helm as well. Producers are Denise Di Novi, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kate Guinzburg and Carol Lee (Daily Variety, March 11).
Based on Cornell Woolrich’s steamy suspense novel “Waltz Into Darkness” — also the basis for Francois Truffaut’s “Mississippi Mermaid” — “Dancing” as penned by Cristofer is set in turn of the century Cuba. Pic tells the story of a wealthy tycoon (Banderas) who marries a woman (Jolie) who turns out to be a deceptive seductress.
Intermedia will finance and produce “Therese Raquin,” starring Kate Winslet, and “Enigma.” With Pacifica Entertainment (the Hollywood-based banner backed by the IMF, a German group of private investors), Intermedia is also co-financing Destination Films’ “The Wedding Planner,” with Intermedia handling international sales.
UGC is one of the largest producers, distribs and exhibs in France.
CAA’s John Ptak brokered the relationship between UGC and Intermedia and subsequently brokered their deals with MGM. UGC is repped by Patrick Binet and former CIBY 2000 chairman Jean-Francois Fonlupt. CAA reps Antonio Banderas, Michael Cristofer and Denise Di Novi.