Gallic distrib takes 'Carol,' 'Hive,' 'Everly,' 'Sleep'
PARIS — French group TF1 has bagged an eclectic mix of four English-language indie projects for Gallic distribution from Cannes.Under new managing director Daniel Preljocaj’s leadership, TF1 snatched John Crowley’s romantic drama “Carol” with Cate Blanchett; Brad Anderson’s “The Hive” with Halle Berry; “Everly,” Joe Lynch’s action thriller starring Kate Hudson; and Rowan Joffe’s “Before I Go to Sleep” with Nicole Kidman. “Coming off Toronto, AFM and Berlin where we didn’t see many good projects we were happy to find a large number of interesting films at Cannes, which is why we came on board early on to acquire these four titles,” Preljocaj told Variety. “Our goal is to have an eclectic lineup of commercial genre fare or thrillers and director-driven films with crossover appeal like ‘Carol.’ ” An adaptation of best-selling author Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt,” “Carol” stars Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska as two women who fall in love in 1950′s New York. Phyllis Nagy (“Mrs. Harris”) is writing the script. Number 9 Films is producing and HanWay is handling international sales. “Carol” will start shooting in February in London and New York. Preljocaj said the project was a hot ticket at Cannes where it drew offers from various French distributors “The Hive” will star Berry as a 911 emergency operator who must face her own fears to save a teenage girl from a killer (Daily Variety, March 16). Pic is produced by Troika Pictures and repped by Sierra/Affinity. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has domestic rights. Pic will start lensing next month in Los Angeles. Penned by Yale Hannon, “Everly” will topline Hudson as an action star fighting killers who have been hired by her ex, who happens to be a mob boss. Pic is sold by Sierra/Affinity and produced by Crime Scene Pictures and Anonymous Content. Joffe’s follow up to “Brighton Rock,” the psychological thriller “Sleep” is based on S.J. Watson’s critically acclaimed novel “Before I Go to Sleep.” Kidman will star as a Londoner who wakes up every morning remembering nothing. Repped by Nu Image/Millennium Film, “Sleep” is produced by Scott Free. StudioCanal will release in the U.K.. Pic will go into production in early 2013 for an expected delivery in late 2014, per Preljocaj.