Seven Arts Releasing has acquired the original screenplay “Dead Fish,” with German commercial director Charley Stadler attached to helm.
Stadler will be paid a mid- to high-six figure sum.
Seven Arts Intl., a Can West company, will distribute the pic internationally. Carsten Lorenz’s Miranda Entertainment and GAP Films (Stadler’s German production company) will produce along with Seven Arts.
Story was brought to Seven Arts prexy of production Eric Sandys by Julie Ruthenbeck, Stadler’s manager at No Exit Films.
Script, written by Stadler and Thomas Geiger and rewritten by Adam Kreutner and Dave Mitchell, centers around a young survival artist who accidentally exchanges cell phones with a neurotic hit man whose only method of being contacted is his phone.
Seven Arts is casting the two lead roles with an eye toward a late summer 2000 start.
Well-known in Europe, Stadler has directed commercials for Smint, Guiness Beer and T-on-line among many others.
Stadler’s deal was negotiated by his agent David Unger at ICM and attorneys Peter Nelson and Warren Dern of Nelson, Guggenheim, Felker and Levine.