Demme signs on with ICM

Helmer's first feature in five years to unspool next month

Helmer Jonathan Demme has pronounced International Creative Management as his new reps after nearly a year without an agent.

The Oscar-winning director of such movies as “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia” left his previous reps in October of last year (Daily Variety, October 25, 2001).

Demme’s first feature film in five years will unspool next month — a remake of 1963 Stanley Donen thriller, “Charade,” which has now been retitled “The Truth About Charlie.” That pic stars Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton, the latter of whom toplined Demme’s 1998 adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer prize winning novel, “Beloved.”

Since “Beloved,” Demme has focused mainly on documentaries, a predilection that only seemed to intensify after the assassination of his friend Jean Dominique, a Haitian human rights activist slain in 2000. Demme has been at working on a documentary portrait of Dominique called “The Agronomist,” screening an unfinished cut of it at the Maine Intl. Film Festival over the summer.

Demme has also helmed several music driven pics, including 1994’s “The Complex Sessions” featuring Neil Young and Crazy Horse performing songs from the group’s 1994 album, “Sleeps With Angels” and also helmed 1998’s “Storefront Hitchcock,” which featured concert footage of a Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians show.

He was previously repped by Creative Artists Agency.

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