Betzer returns to Denmark with slate

$18 mil WWII pic 'Alphabet' is first up for 'Babbett's' producer

COPENHAGEN — After 10 years in L.A., Danish producer Just Betzer — whose “Babette’s Feast” won the 1988 Academy Award as best foreign-language feature — has returned to Denmark with a slate of pictures.

The first, Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen’s “The Alphabet House,” is being packaged for a 2001 shoot. The $18 million pic follows British RAF pilots shot down over Nazi Germany during WWII. The film will be produced by Betzer’s U.S. company, Panorama Film Intl.

Pact with Nordisk Film

The producer, who has 44 features to his credit, with six made during his relocation to the U.S., has signed a three-pic deal with Nordisk Film. He will produce “Colorado Dreams,” from Jane Aamund’s novel, and “Break Down,” written by Per Holm. “Break Down,” to be made for TV, is the story of a meltdown at the Barseback nuclear plant 15 miles from Copenhagen.

Also in development are “Last Lovers,” from the novel by William Wharton (“Birdy”), to be directed by Allan Goldstein, about a young American exec in Paris who falls in love with an elderly, blind, French woman; Kurt Vonnegut’s “Jailbird,” scripted by Buck Henry; and an English-lingo remake of “Winter Born” (Astrid Henning-Jensen’s original Danish version won Betzer a Silver Bear at the 1978 Berlinale).

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