Bridge to go global for redos

Riklin kicks off new venture

Matt Riklin, who once was exec VP at Showtime in charge of original film programming, has launched Bridge Films, which will specialize in buying U.S. remake rights of foreign films and then setting them up at Stateside studios.

Bridge staff will trawl film fests in Asia, Latin America and Europe looking for pics that make good candidates for a domestic redo.

Company has already secured rights and is shopping to studios three projects: “Flirt,” a Dutch pic about a guy who can’t stop flirting with women; “Entres ses mains,” a French thriller about polar opposites who are obsessed with each other; and “Backstage,” also French, about the dark side of teens’ celebrity worship.

“Having been involved in the international marketplace over the years, I was always struck by the number of superb films produced around the world that never saw the light of day in the U.S.,” Riklin said in a statement. “From a business perspective, it made sense to capitalize on the creative work already done, which can greatly shorten the time and investment required by American studios to bring these projects to the marketplace.”

In recent years, other companies, such as Roy Lee’s Vertigo, have made a biz out of importing Asian horror pics to fuel the domestic demand for frighteners. Several studio pics on this year’s calendar are remakes of foreign fare, including Disney’s “Eight Below” and 20th Century Fox’s “Pathfinder.”

As an exec at Showtime, Riklin worked to secure theatrical distribution for pics financed by the cabler, including “Gods and Monsters,” “The House of Mirth” and “Down in the Delta.”

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