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‘Minotaur’ breathes with new life

Hardy, Hauer give horror pic a second chance

BERLIN — “Minotaur” refuses to die.

Almost killed twice, pic is rising again, this time with Tom Hardy (“Layer Cake”) and Rutger Hauer joining Tony Todd in the horror-fantasy retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.

After a turbulent year in development, Jonathan English’s long-gestating project started shooting last month at the Carousel Picture Co. in Luxembourg, which also came on board as a co-financier with London-based Scion Films after Germany’s Studio Babelsberg pulled out at the last minute.

The seven-way co-production includes First Look Media, U.K.-based Meltemi Prods., John Evangelides, Germany’s CMW Films, Telema in France, Spain’s Kanzaman and Buskin in Italy.

First Look Intl. is selling the pic at the European Film Market in Berlin. Lions Gate will release the film Stateside. Pic already has sold to more than a dozen territories worldwide.

U.K. lawmakers nearly skewered “Minotaur” a year ago when they revamped tax laws, forcing one of its backers, Grosvenor Park’s First Choice fund, out of the equation. It was reanimated with gap financing from the Bank of Ireland and a foreign sales deal with First Look.

A planned co-financing deal with Studio Babelsberg fell through in October after the studio shut down its co-financing arm for German and independent projects.

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