Gilliam’s ‘Tideland’ turns for HanWay

Adaptation of Cullin novel a British/Canadian co-prod'n

New movies by Terry Gilliam and Tom DiCillo head the slate of HanWay Films, the sales arm of Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Co.

Thomas has finally pulled together the long-mooted Gilliam project “Tideland.” It will start shooting Sept. 7 in Saskatchewan, Canada, once the director has finished his current pic, “Brothers Grimm.”

Co-scripted by Gilliam and Tony Grisoni, “Tideland” is adapted from Mitch Cullin’s novel about a girl in rural Texas who escapes from the grim reality of her life into a world of fantasy.

She is accompanied on her adventures of the imagination by four disembodied dolls’ heads, which Thomas says will be voiced by well-known actors.

Pic is being set up as a British/Canadian co-production, with tax coin from the U.K. and Saskatchewan. A block of European rights has been pre-sold to an investor, and HanWay will be selling those territories to distribs on the investor’s behalf.

DiCillo’s “Delirious,” starring Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt, also will start shooting in September, on location in New York. Produced by Robert Salerno, it’s being fully financed by HanWay.

It’s described as “a star-studded merry-go-round set in hip, modern-day New York City,” following the comic adventures of a lowly paparazzo and a homeless boy on his way to becoming a star.

Meanwhile, the Wim Wenders project “Don’t Come Knocking” is set to shoot in July. Sam Shepard wrote the script and also stars as an aging cowboy star who rides off the set in midshoot on a voyage of self-discovery.

Co-stars include Jean Reno, Jessica Lange, Gabriel Mann and Clea DuVall. Sony Pictures Classics has North American rights, and the project also is pre-sold to Ocean in France, Mikado in Italy and X-Filme in Germany.

HanWay also is repping worldwide sales on Nick Love’s controversial Brit soccer hooligan movie “The Football Factory.”

HanWay’s CGI-animated movie “Back to Gaya” has been sold to Entertainment Film Distributors in the U.K. and Metropolitan in France.

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