'Cosmopolis' will be his biggest ever film

Portuguese producer Paulo Branco has purchased bigscreen adaptation rights to Don DeLillo’s novel “Cosmopolis.”

Produced by his Paris-based shingle, Alfama Films, and budgeted at $15 million, “Cosmopolis” is Branco’s biggest production to date. The English-language shoot will take place in the U.S. with an international cast.

“At Cannes, my goal is to settle on the director who will helm the film. The financing structure will come later,” he said. Pic’s screenwriter will also be decided on soon.

“Cosmopolis” is a day-in-the-life story that reflects the paradoxes of modern society, turning on a 28-year-old multi-billionaire in Manhattan shuttling around in his limousine, addressing sundry subjects.

Branco was a longtime producer of 99-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, who’s being honored at Cannes this year. He’s also producer of Directors’ Fortnight opener “Four Nights With Anna.”

Upcoming projects at Alfama Films also include the $4 million family drama “Cendres et sang” (Ashes and Blood), which marks the directorial debut of vet French actress Fanny Ardant.

Addition of international partners depends on which Eastern European country the shoot, scheduled for this fall, will take place in, Branco added.

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