Period suspenser lenses in August
Irish thesp Cillian Murphy (“Tron”) is in advanced negotiations to topline “Wayfaring Strangers,” a WWII English-language psychological drama-thriller.A French-Irish coproduction, pic is penned and will be helmed by Stephen Bradley (“Boy Eats Girl”), and produced by Gaul’s Chic Films (“A Prophet”) and Ireland’s Treasure Entertainment. The $5 million-budgeted period suspenser turns on a unit of British paratroopers captured by German soldiers in a remote farmhouse, where a young Jewish couple is hiding. Thesps Sylvie Testud, Niels Arestrup (“The Big Picture”) and Michael Gambon are in advanced negotiations to star. Lensing will start in mid-August. Chic Films is also onboard to produce “Bananas,” (working title) from popular Israeli helmer Eytan Fox (“The Bubble”). The $4 million French-Israeli co-production will start lensing in August in Tel Aviv and Paris. Paris-based outfit Ad Vitam will release “Bananas” in Spring 2012, while Films Distribution will handle international sales.