HOLLYWOOD — Martin Scorsese and Barbara De Fina’s Cappa Prods. will produce “Brides,” a romance to be directed by Greek filmmaker Pantelis Voulgaris and star Damian Lewis.
Set in 1922, the largely English-language pic is the story of a mail-order bride — one of 700 aboard the SS King Alexander — who falls in love with an American photographer. She is bound for her new husband in New York; he is on his way home to a failed marriage.
Scorsese will exec produce, with De Fina and Terry Dougas producing. Tony Manne’s Bristol Media handles foreign rights.
” ‘Brides’ is an important and special project to me,” Scorsese said. “I am a true admirer of Pantelis’ films and respect his vision and unique style of storytelling. The thought of his work reaching an American and international audience is extremely exciting.”
“Brides” also will star Greek actress Viktoria Charalabidou and France’s Andrea Ferreol. Greek novelist Ioanna Karystiani wrote the script. Pic begins shooting May 28 in Crete and Athens.
A co-production of Alco Films, Cappa and K.G. Prods., pic is funded by the Greek Film Center, the Greek Ministry of Culture, Alpha TV, Eurimages and Cinegram.
Voulgaris, who made his first short more than 35 years ago, has directed such features as “It’s a Long Road,” “Acropol” and “Quiet Days of August.”
Lewis, who will portray the husband of Jennifer Lopez in “An Unfinished Life” for Miramax Films, was most recently seen in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Dreamcatcher.”