Pic is Turkey's most expensive feature

CANNES — Turkish shingle Medyavision is attempting to set up the most expensive feature in the country’s history.

The ambitious company has acquired the rights to Gallic-animated skein “Clementine” after three years of negotiations. Project has a budget in the region of $80 million-$100 million and will have an English-language script.

Cult skein follows adventures of a paralyzed girl who’s able to go to far-away lands with her pet cat in her dreams. Medyavision will condense the original 39 episodes into a single live-action feature with plenty of CGI.

“It’s like ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ or ‘The Golden Compass,’ ” said Stare Yildirim, Medyavision’s head of production.

Medyavision is partnering with L.A.-based special effects house Rhythm and Hues to render the elaborate effects.

Shingle is also developing an English-language remake of its 2005 Turkish hit “Dongel karhanesi.” Pic is comedy about a government taking over a brothel.

Medyavision’s sister company MCD specializes in licensing existing TV networks and localizing them for the Turkish market. In 2005, MCD launched Nickelodeon Turkey, followed in 2006 by MTV Turkey. MCD is also set to launch Sony Entertainment TV Turkey and Comedy Central Turkey in the next few months.

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