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Myriad whim: ‘Jim’

Pic begins lensing in Nov.

LONDON — Myriad Pictures will co-produce and co-finance the Mission Pictures project “Piccadilly Jim,” a P.G. Wodehouse comedy to be directed by John McKay from a Julian Fellowes script.

Pic, which starts shooting in November, will star Sam Rockwell, Tom Wilkinson and Amanda Peet.

Universal Pictures Intl. has pre-bought rights in the U.K., Australia, South Africa, Latin America and France for theatrical distribution via United Intl. Pictures. The other financiers include Ingenious Media’s equity fund Inside Track and the Isle of Man Film Ltd.

These deals were all brokered by Myriad’s London office, which replaced the project’s previously announced sales company Odyssey Entertainment.

“This is an irresistibly entertaining project for us,” Myriad’s Los Angeles-based topper Kirk D’Amico said. “Julian Fellowes’ script brilliantly captures Wodehouse’s cross-Atlantic wit and satire, and Amanda Peet is a perfect foil for Rockwell and Wilkinson.”

Mission chairman Andrew Hauptman will produce alongside his key execs Peter Czernin and Graham Broadbent. D’Amico and his London-based head of international production Marion Pilowsky are exec producers, alongside the Isle of Man’s Steve Christian.

Rockwell plays the title character, an American rogue on the loose in 1930s London, trying to clean up his scandalous reputation in quest of the girl of his dreams (Peet). Wilkinson is her disapproving British father

Mission’s recent productions include Danny Boyle’s hot “Millions” for Pathe and “Gladiatress” for Icon. Myriad’s British slate includes the Marc Evans horror pic “Trauma” and Istvan Szabo’s “Being Julia.”

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