Miramax on FilmFour pair

Co. takes North American rights to 'Edgardo Mortara,' 'Actors'

This article was corrected on Nov. 2, 2001.

MILAN — Miramax Films has boarded two projects from the U.K.’s FilmFour — Damien O’Donnell’s “Edgardo Mortara” and Conor McPherson’s “The Actors.”

“The Actors,” starring Michael Caine and Irish comedian Dylan Moran, is a comedy of mistaken identity set in the Dublin theater world.

It is being produced by Neil Jordan and Stephen Woolley’s Company of Wolves shingle. McPherson adapted from Jordan’s original short story.

Redmond Morris will also produce.

Miramax is taking North American rights, Senator has bought Germany, and FilmFour is handling the rest of the world. Shooting starts next March.

“Edgardo Mortara,” which FilmFour has been developing with producer Julia Chasman and Industry Entertainment’s Nick Wechsler, is based on a true story of a young Jewish boy who was kidnapped by the Vatican in the mid-19th century. Script is by Rob Eshman with revisions by Jeremy Brock.

This $20 million project will be the next film for O’Donnell (“East Is East”) after he completes the low-budgeter “Heartlands.” Currently shooting in northern England, that pic is fully financed by Miramax.

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