Big-budget pics stir up attention in Cannes market
EXCLUSIVE: German minimajor Constantin Film has snapped up German rights to sci-fi pic “Ender’s Game” and Jason Statham starrer “Parker” in Cannes.Both pics, which are being shopped by Sierra/Affinity, have been hot titles in the Cannes market, nearly selling out across most territories. “Enders Game,” helmed and penned by Gavin Hood and based on Orson Scott Card’s tome, is set in a utopian future and follows a boy who is a genius gaming strategist drafted to destroy an alien race. Pic is produced by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Gigi Pritzker, Linda McDonough and Lynn Hendee. In “Parker,” helmed by Taylor Hackford, Stathams play a thief who, though at times forced to be a killer, lives by a code of honor that includes never stealing from the poor. Pic, based on the book series by Donald Westlake, is penned by John J. McLaughlin, who co-wrote “Black Swan.” Hackford produces with Steve Chasman, Les Alexander, Sidney Kimmel and Jonathan Mitchell. Constantin has had a buoyant year in Cannes. Its “Pompeii” and “Tarzan 3D” nearly sold out within the first few days of the market. Summit is shopping the pics, and began sales on both last Tuesday, before the market opened. The big-budget pics, which are in pre-production, were arguably the hottest titles up for grabs during one of the most active Cannes markets in recent years.