Helmer signs first-look deal with Regency TV
Lasse Hallstrom is set to direct “Anthony Zimmer,” a remake of the 2005 French film. Spyglass is financing and has set an early 2008 production start in Europe.
Hallstrom also has made a first-look production deal with Regency Television to develop programming he’ll exec produce and direct. Deal comes after Hallstrom directed the Regency pilot “New Amsterdam,” which will debut on Fox’s fall schedule.
“Anthony Zimmer” will be Hallstrom’s next feature assignment. Pic will be produced by Spyglass’ Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman. Leslie Holleran, Hallstrom’s longtime producing partner, is expected to join as a producer.
Scripted by Julian Fellowes (“Gosford Park”), thriller concerns an American tourist who finds his life in danger when a female Interpol agent uses him as a dupe to flush out an elusive criminal with whom she once had an affair.
Original pic was written and directed by Jerome Salle. Spyglass and Canal Plus co-financed development and will produce the remake together. Spyglass, which this summer opens “Underdog,” “Rush Hour 3” and “Balls of Fury,” just wrapped the Katherine Heigl starrer “27 Dresses” and just started production on Universal’s Greg Kinnear starrer “Flash of Genius,” directed by Marc Abraham.
“New Amsterdam” marked Hallstrom’s first TV job in America, but Regency Television president Robin Schwartz said it won’t be his last.
“I sent him the script on a whim, and it turned out he’d done TV in Sweden and many commercials, and he just elevated the pilot,” she said. “We might bring a concept to him, early on, and he will bring us ideas he has that fit better as a series than a feature.”
Regency also has a deal with screenwriter Allan Loeb, who co-wrote and is an exec producer on “New Amsterdam.”