Paramount takes ‘Dean Spanley’

Major takes Oz, N.Z. rights

LONDON — Paramount Pictures has taken Australian and New Zealand rights to “Dean Spanley,” which stars Peter O’Toole, Sam Neill and Jeremy Northam.

Kiwi helmer Toa Fraser directs the drama, which is set in England at the start of the last century, about a father and son and their encounters with an eccentric stranger.

Cast for the pic also includes Aussie thesp Bryan Brown.

Alan Sharp (“Rob Roy”) penned the screenplay.

Producers are Matthew Metcalfe of General Film Corporation and Alan Harris of Atlantic Film Productions. Executive producers are David Parfitt (“Shakespeare in Love”) and Finola Dwyer (“Backbeat”).

The production, which shoots in East England, is financed by Aramid Capital Partners, the NZ Film Production Fund, the NZ Film Commission, Lipsync Productions and regional screen agency Screen East.

International sales are being handled by NZ Film.

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