Constantin Film, Summit, Paul W.S. Anderson reteam
Constantin Film, Summit Entertainment and Paul W.S. Anderson are re-teaming on period disaster project “Pompeii” after working together on “The Three Musketeers.”Anderson will direct and produce with Impact Pictures’ Jeremy Bolt and Constantin’s Robert Kulzer. German-based Constantin will finance and produce “Pompeii” while Summit will distrinbute domestically and start selling foreign markets at Cannes. “Pompeii,” scripted by Lee Batchler and Janet Scott Batchler, will center around the romance between a slave and the daughter of the slave’s master amid the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and destruction of Pompeii. No actors have been cast and no start date’s been set. Anderson currently in post-production on his 3D version of “The Three Musketeers,” which he directed and produced with Bolt and Kulzer. Christoph Waltz, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich, Luke Evans and Madds Mikkelsen are starring in the key roles. Constantin’s financing and Summit’s distributing domestically on Oct. 14 and handling foreign sales. Four years ago, producer Robert Benmussa and Roman Polanski attempted to bring a $100 million “Pompeii” pic to life but the project bogged down over location, script problems and fear of a Screen Actors Guild strike. France’s Pathe, Germany’s Constantin and RAI Cinema in Italy were among some 35 distributors that pre-bought the pic on the strength of Polanski’s association as helmer and the subject matter. Anderson is repped by ICM.
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