Cannes: Caton-Jones to Helm ‘Mr. Jones’ (EXCLUSIVE)

CANNES — Scottish helmer Michael Caton-Jones is set to make his bigscreen comeback with London-set sexy romance “The Amazing Mr. Jones.”

In the run up to Cannes, uMedia has come on board to handle worldwide sales, and will co-produce along with Lauri Apelian’s Ocean Sky Ent. and Jens Meurer at Egoli Tossell.

Deal was announced Monday by uMedia’s founder and CEO, Adrian Politowski.

Penned by Robert Payne, “Jones” turns on a passionate, yet complicated affair between a beautiful woman married to a wealthy politician and a younger ex-serviceman from a very different background.

“It’s often said that there are no good roles for women these days. ‘The Amazing Mr. Jones’ well and truly blows that idea out the water with its achingly accurate portrayal of one woman’s journey through the modern minefield of life,” said Caton-Jones.

Politowski said, “Michael is a powerful voice in cinema and the perfect director to bring this sensual and dislocated love story to life.”

Added Politowski, pic “also offers a wonderful opportunity for an actress so rarely found in contemporary cinema — an empowering, strong, and sexy lead role.”

Pic is being cast now.

Caton-Jones broke through in 1989 with his debut, “Scandal,” which earned Bridget Fonda a Golden Globe nom for her supporting role. He lined up a raft of critically acclaimed movies afterwards, notably “Memphis Belle,” “This Boy’s Life” and “Beyond the Gates,” a Rwanda-set drama set against the genocide, earning BAFTA and a British Indie Film Award nods. Following latest directorial outing, “Basic Instinct 2,” Caton-Jones went on to work on two TV shows, “MI-5” and “World Without End.”

UMedia is developing several high-concept projects, including remakes of Pierre Salvadori’s “Priceless” and Johnnie To’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

With offices in Brussels, London, Paris and Los Angeles, uMedia operates five banners dedicated to production, visual effects, fundraising, international sales and distribution in Benelux.

Earlier this month, the European mini-studio announced a long-term alliance with Hengameh Panahi’s Paris-based Celluloid Dreams, ranging across film financing, production, acquisition and international sales.

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