Sales unit develops debut prod'n
RAI Cinema, RAI Trade has acquired an option on the book, which chronicles the Asia-based war correspondent and traveler’s journeys across the Far East. “This is a whole new strategy for us,” said RAI Trade head of sales Sesto Cifola. “We have never initiated a project from the outset before.” A treatment is being written by Terzani’s wife, Angela Terzani; an English-language scribe will be found to pen the script. RAI Trade is shopping the pic in Cannes, hoping to have financing in place for a 2007 shoot. RAI Cinema is likely to board “Fortune Teller” as a partner, but negotiations are also underway with other Italian outfits, Cifola said. “We need product, especially films that can travel, which are a rarity in Italy,” said Cifola. RAI Cinema finances a dozen titles per year but few are sold abroad by RAI Trade, often because they are co-produced with international sales companies.