German distrib also takes 'Englishman'
Markus Nispel’s upcoming “Conan” has been acquired for German-speaking territories and the Benelux countries.Produced by Avi Lerner’s Nu Image Films, the $90 million fantasy epic, seen as a remake of John Milius’ 1982 classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as a loose adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s original pulp stories, is among a slew of films acquired by Cologne-based Splendid Film at last month’s American Film Market. Splendid also nabbed “How to Make Love Like an Englishman,” a romantic comedy set to star Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Pfeiffer about an English literature professor who embarks on an affair with the mother of his much younger former wife. Additional acquisitions include Michael Oblowitz’s Val Kilmer starrer “Mr. Nobody”; “Tekken,” Dwight Little’s futuristic martial arts actioner based on the bestselling Japanese vidgame from Namco; Marcus Dunstan’s horror thriller “The Collector”; and Rob Stefaniuk’s vampire horror comedy “Suck,” starring the likes of Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Henry Rollins and Malcolm McDowell. The distrib also picked up two actioners for its Asian label Amazia: South Korean fantasy adventure “Woochi” and Taiwan’s “The Treasure Hunter,” starring Jay Chou (“The Green Hornet”). Bavaria Film Intl., meanwhile, has rung up sales around the globe for Urszula Antoniak’s “Nothing Personal,” which won a number of awards in Locarno this year, including best first film and a Silver Leopard for actress Lotte Verbeek. Centering on the relationship between a troubled and independent young woman and a lonely widower in a remote part of Ireland, the Dutch-Irish co-production has been picked up by MFA for Germany, Polyfilm for Austria and Filmcoopi for Switzerland. Isaan Ent. and Prisvideo took Spanish and Portuguese rights, respectively, with additional deals inked with Vivarto (Poland), SC Clorofilm (Romania), Mozinet (Hungary) and Primer Plano Film, which acquired all rights for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Bavaria’s head of sales Stefanie Zeitler said: “It is a truly encouraging development to see a potentially small arthouse film find homes in so many territories in these difficult times.”