EOne has acquired U.K. and Canada rights to Olaf de Fleur’s “City State,” a crime thriller that has been snapped up for international distribution by Hengameh Panahi’s Gallic sales-production house Celluloid Dreams.
Panahi is also bringing “City State” sequel “Brave Men’s Blood” to the Cannes Market.
The eOne buy, Celluloid Dreams’ double pickup and other early reactions to “City State” — including negotiations for a U.S. remake with a view to James Mangold (“Knight and Day”) directing — mark Iceland’s de Fleur (“The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela”) as a talent to track.
Set in modern-day Iceland, “State” centers on an immigrant vowing revenge after losing his unborn child in a drug-gang attack.
The de Fleur-helmed “Brave Men’s Blood” toplines Thor David Kristjansson (“Black’s Game”), and is exec-produced by “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn. Shooting begins next year and and toplines Thor David Kristjansson (“Black’s Game”).
Kristjansson plays the ambitious head of Reykjavik PD’s internal affairs department, who bends the rule book when investigating a corrupt lieutenant.
Celluloid Dreams, which has Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone” in Cannes competition, aims to sell “State” and “Blood” to the same distributor in each territory, Panahi said.