Fortissimo nabs rights to Solondz pic

Cannes Brief

Fortissimo Films has picked up international sales rights to the untitled new project by acclaimed American auteur Todd Solondz.

“My new movie is a kind of sequel to — or riff on — ‘Happiness,’ and to some extent ‘Welcome to the Doll House,’ ” said Solondz in a statement. “Many of the characters from these movies unexpectedly beckoned to me and so I have explored new ways of developing and enlarging their stories with the intent to recast them from a fresh perspective.”

Production starts this fall for delivery at Cannes 2007. Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo begins pre-selling immediately.

Pic is produced by Ted Hope, Mike Ryan and Derrick Tseng. Fortissimo co-chiefs Wouter Barendrecht and Michael J. Werner take exec producer credits.

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