Company backs 'Wars,' builds 'Chalet'
Metropolis Intl. Sales and Timeless Films are launching two new titles at the European Film Market.Helmer Phil Traill’s “The Chalet Girl” stars Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Tamsin Egerton, Christine Baranski and Bill Nighy, as well as pro snowboarder Tara Dakides. Written by Tom Williams, pic is a romantic comedy about a working-class girl who lands a job at a glamorous ski resort. She’s out of her depth until she discovers her natural snowboarding genius. Sportswear giant Roxy/Quicksilver will brand the film, and the production will work with pop music production house Xenomania on the music. Pippa Cross and Harriet Rees are producing. Metropolis is also bowing political thriller “Taxi Wars” from director Anthony Hoffman, starring Djimon Hounsou, Forest Whitaker and Ray Winstone. Produced by Lucas Foster and Brian LaRoda, “Taxi Wars” centers on a former member of the military wing of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement who is hired to kill the warring leaders of the country’s long-standing taxi wars. Metropolis and Timeless Films were launched as a joint venture in the U.K. in September by sales executive Ralph Kamp, formerly head of Odyssey, and Tim Smith, managing director of Prescience Film Finance. Metropolis’ other EFM titles include “The Guard,” starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, and animated pic “Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back,” which 20th Century Fox will release in the U.S. this summer.