Fox to sprinkle ‘Confetti’

BBC Films indie laffer gets distrib

In its quest for the next Brit comedy hit, Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide rights to the low-budget wedding movie “Confetti” from BBC Films.

Semi-improvised pic stars Martin Freeman (“The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy”) and Jessica Stevenson (“Shaun of the Dead”) in a story of three couples trying to win a magazine contest for most original wedding of the year.

“Confetti” was written and directed by Debbie Isitt, whose only previous film was the little-seen 2000 black comedy “Nasty Neighbors.” Isitt works by laying down a precise story frame and then giving the cast total creative freedom to develop their roles through weeks of intense workshops.

Currently in post, pic was produced by Ian Flooks and Ian Benson of new Brit outfit Wasted Talent, which also co-financed the production with BBC Films and Screen West Midlands.

“From minute one, we were immediately enamored with ‘Confetti’s’ unique concept and witty execution,” said Fox Searchlight prexy Peter Rice. “We look forward to working with BBC Films and Wasted Talent.”

David Thompson, head of BBC Films, called the pic “the first fruit of our new focus on comedy films.”

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