'Tis the season to be jolly overseas as the "Harry Potter" and James Bond blockbusters continued on their merry way, joined last weekend by impressive debutantes "Minority Report," "The Ring," "Ghost…
Touchstone has greenlit "The Ladykillers," a contemporized Coen Brothers remake of the 1955 black comedy.
In a preemptive bid, Warner Bros. Pictures has paid mid- against high-six figures to pick up spec script "The College Experience," penned by Dax Shelby and Robert Stevens.
Scribe Bob Edwards has been tapped to rewrite Revolution Studios' "Perfect Strangers," which Julia Roberts' Red Om is producing.
The Sundance Institute has selected 90 shorts from among 3,345 entries for the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
U.K. producer Spice Factory has taken an equity stake in startup Aussie distrib Arclight Films and given Arclight first-look rights to all Spice product.
Thai helmer Apichatpong Weerasethakul's second feature "Blissfully Yours" won the 1 million yen ($8,100) grand prize at Japan's leading auteur festival, Tokyo Filmex, which ended Sunday.
Mexico has approved tough new measures to fight piracy in the music, video and software industries, dubbing the manufacture and distribution of counterfeits as examples of organized crime.
The long-awaited second film distrib in China is finally taking shape, but some Hollywood reps fear it won't pose genuine competition for the incumbent China Film Group.
Reinhard Klooss, head of film production at Munich-based OdeonFilm, is giving up his seat on the executive board at the end of the year but will remain at the company in charge of film.
FilmFour, which officially closes on Dec. 20, will report a loss of £28 million ($44 million) for its final year of operation, according to figures leaked by its parent Channel 4.