French shingles Gaumont and Wild Bunch are partnering to co-produce, co-finance and share international sales rights to Danish helmer Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives.”
Luke Evans and Kristin Scott Thomas are in advanced negotiations to topline.
Set in the worlds of gambling, boxing and prostitution in Bangkok, pic is a revenge story centering on a Thai cop and a British gangster hiding in Thailand.
Pic will start shooting in November and will be delivered during the second half of 2012.
Gaumont handles the U.S., Italy, Spain, Germany, Asia, Turkey and South Africa, while Wild Bunch will handle the rest of the world.
Winding Refn’s last film, Ryan Gosling starrer “Drive,” plays Cannes in competition.”Only God Forgives” joins Wild Bunch’s Cannes slate, which includes high-profile auteur films, notably Ken Loach’s drama “Angel’s Share,” and James Marsh’s thriller “Shadow Dancer.” Marsh’s pic turns on IRA terrorist who becomes a mole for the U.K.’s intelligence service. The U.K/Irish co-production stars Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Gillian Anderson.
A U.K./French/Belgian/Italian co-pro, “Angel’s Share” centers on the downfall of a young father working in a whisky distillery in Glasgow.
At Cannes, Wild Bunch will unveil promo reels of Abel Ferrara’s “4:44 Last Day on Earth,” which toplines Willem Dafoe and the omnibus “7 Days in Havana,” comprising seven shorts directed by Benicio del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Elia Suleiman, Julio Medem, Gaspar Noe, Juan Carlos Tabio and Laurent Cantet.
The Paris-based outfit will also pursue further sales on its Berlin hit, Fernando Meirelles’ “360,” which is lensing with Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster.