Kilmer pic to be available online on March 16
Unreleased movies never die. Now, they end up on the Internet.Ten years after production wrapped on the $3 million “Dead Girl,” a dark drama about necrophilia, the Val Kilmer starrer is finally getting a chance to find an audience, albeit a small one. With his semi-autobiographical “Hollywood Buddha” — based in part on his experience with “Dead Girl” — bowing on several screens in New York, filmmaker Philippe Caland has inked a deal to make “Dead Girl” available for a single day — March 16 — as the premiere VOD pic from online musicstore NetMusic.com. Caland was unable to find a distrib for the controversial film in the ’90s, an outcome he blames on consolidation of indie labels like Miramax and New Line into corporate congloms. So the pic lingered on Caland’s shelves — until critics and investors saw “Buddha” and began asking about its status. Finding a distrib would still be difficult, though, since Kilmer’s reps are said to be none too eager to see its release. So for now, Caland has compromised on one-day Internet availability. “There’s no money involved,” he says. “This is like a marketing study for me to see the feedback.” Caland, who is developing a feature based on John Briley‘s novel “The First Stone,” has had a tough run in Hollywood. His first major filmwas “Boxing Helena,” which became known more for the legal fight over Kim Basinger‘s having backed out of the lead role than its story, about an obsessed doctor who cut off his love interest’s limbs. Some guys, it seems, have all the luck.