Slate also includes 'I, Alex Cross,' 'Odd Thomas'
ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF, is beefing up its feature film acquisitions with a slew of high-profile international pickups, including Ami Canaan Mann’s upcoming Venice screener “Texas Killing Fields,” starring Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.Headed by Margrit Staerk, ZDF Enterprises’ feature-film acquisitions unit has been intensifying its focus on international productions and boarding projects for which it generally nabs all rights. “Texas Killing Fields,” produced by Michael Mann (the helmer’s father) and starring Jessica Chastain and Chloe Moretz, hits U.S. screens Oct. 7. A German release date has yet to be set. ZDF Enterprises also recently picked up Rob Cohen’s “I, Alex Cross,” starring Tyler Perry. The adaptation of James Patterson’s crime novel is shooting in the U.S. and tentatively scheduled for a late 2012 or early 2013 release. Staerk is negotiating with various film distributors for the pic. Other titles include Stephen Sommers’ adaptation of Dean Koontz’s bestseller “Odd Thomas,” starring Anton Yelchin as a clairvoyant short-order cook who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark forces. Pic is in post and will likely come to theaters next summer. ZDF Enterprises is handling distribution for Craig Lahiff’s Australian thriller “Swerve” in German-language countries as well as in a selection of foreign territories.