Britain’s hottest producers, “The Crying Game’s” Stephen Woolley and Nik Powell, are up for grabs.
Their Scala Prods.’ one-year, first-look development and production deal with Polygram Filmed Entertainment expired at the end of March, and since then Powell says he’s had “a lot of approaches.”
Powell won’t elaborate, but Miramax/Disney looms as a front-runner, given the team’s close and frequent association with Harvey and Bob Weinstein, most notably on “The Crying Game,””Scandal” and “A Rage in Harlem.”
The Miramax toppers further cemented their ties with Woolley and Powell by nabbing North American rights to “Galatea,” the $ 8 million pic toplining Val Kilmer, Virginia Madsen and Christopher Walken and directed by Julien Temple (“Absolute Beginners,””Earth Girls Are Easy”).
Based on the James M. Cain novel about a rich, obese woman manipulated by her power-hungry husband, “Galatea” is due to roll in North Carolina Sept. 7. It’s being produced by Scala Prods. and Janet Jacobson’s company, Balthazar.
Polygram Filmed Entertainment Intl. president Stewart Till said the yearlong deal with Scala “came to its natural conclusion and we decided mutually not to renew it.”
Earlier Polygram had greenlighted Scala’s just-wrapped “Backbeat,” Iain Softley’s saga of Stuart Sutcliffe, an early member of the Beatles; and Neil Jordan’s London gangland epic “Jonathan Wild,” on which Scala will partner with Jodie Foster’s Egg Prods.
During the first-look deal, Polygram passed on other Scala pix and allocated its production coin to its other creative entities, Propaganda and Working Title. It’s likely that the duo will stay indie by limiting the first-look development and production deal on future pix to North American rights, and continue to play the field in foreign.