Helmer Pierre Morel ("Taken") is leaping into production with "Overdrive," a high-voltage English-lingo action thriller.
A who's who of international film programmers gathered on the Directors' Fortnight beach Thursday for a power lunch.
Irish thesp Cillian Murphy ("Tron") is in advanced negotiations to topline "Wayfaring Strangers," a WWII English-language psychological drama-thriller.
Paris-based shingle Le Pacte has picked up two Bulgarian pics playing at Cannes: Directors' Fortnight player "The Island" and Critics' Week's screener "Ave."
TF1 Intl. has acquired French rights to Kevin Macdonald's "How I Live Now," which it will release through its distribution arm, UGC.
Gallic filmmaker Anne-Dominique Toussaint, who produced Nadine Labaki's Un Certain Regard player "Where Do We Go Now?" is developing her first English-language pic, "Motherhood Inc."
Salma Hayek, in Cannes to present footage from DreamWorks Animation's "Puss in Boots," is teaming with Mathieu Demy, son of Jacques Demy and Agnes Varda, on "Americano," Demy's directorial debut.
If opening nights set the tone for an entire fest, the omens are good for the 64th Cannes.
In addition to co-financing Stephen Frears' pic "Lay the Favorite," Paris-based sales outfit Wild Bunch is handling international sales excluding Australia, Canada, Italy, Scandinavia and the U.S.…
Following the success of Liam Neeson starrer "Unknown," Joel Silver's Dark Castle and Europe's StudioCanal are reteaming on Afghanistan-set action-thriller "The Last Photograph," with Christian Bale…