Pic to start shooting on June 9
CANNES — Abel Ferrara will train his camera on the 1970s New York underworld in the $10 million Michael Pitt-starrer “The Last Crew,” due to begin lensing in New York June 9.Pic, which revisits the milieu of Ferrara’s 1990 cult film “King of New York,” is fully financed by Virtual Films, a $150 million joint venture between Virtual Studio and France’s Wild Bunch. “The Last Crew” will be produced by Fernando Sulichin, Chris Hanley, Jordan Gertner and Vincent Maraval, with Jean Cazes exec producing. Wild Bunch is handling international sales. Last year Wild Bunch handled financing and international sales on Ferrara’s religion-themed low-budgeter “Mary,” starring Juliette Binoche. Wild Bunch also sold Ferrara’s ” ‘R Xmas.” Virtual films, a five-year venture set up last year, is also financing Woody Allen’s new project due to shoot in London this summer, and the $9.5 million “Dante 01″ by Marc Caro, among other French films. Caro was co-helmer with Jean-Pierre Jeunet on the darkly comic Gallic pic “Delicatessen,” and the new pic, a futuristic sci-fi actioner in which criminals are packed off to outer space, is Caro’s first stab at helming since then. Pic, currently in production, is produced by Richard Grandpierre. Wild Bunch is unmissable in Cannes this year with 14 films across various sections and sidebars, including seven competition pics. Titles range from Palme d’Or contenders Nanni Moretti’s “The Caiman” and Guillermo del Toro’s “Pans Labyrinth,” to Directors Fortnight-selected “Electroma” by Gallic pop duo Daft Punk. Also new on Wild Bunch’s slate are: “Moliere,” a humorous Gallic costumer in the same vein as “Ridicule,” which stars Romain Duris as France’s 17th century playwright; puppet animation “Max and Co”; pre-production comic book adaptation “Largo Winch”; romantic comedy “Priceless” starring “Da Vinci Code” topliner Audrey Tautou and French comic Gad Elmaleh; and political thriller “President,” starring Albert Dupontel as a fictitious Gallic head of state.