Chrysalis Deal Undone

Paul Anderson’s $1.5 million contract to direct “The Stars My Destination” for Bernd Eichinger’s Constantin Films has effectively scuppered the development deal that the 29-year-old British helmer and his producing partner Jeremy Bolt were negotiating with Chrysalis, the London-based music and media group.

After eight months of talks, the two sides have amicably agreed not to press ahead with a formal relationship, given that so much of Anderson’s and Bolt’s time and energy will be taken up with Eichinger’s $50 million sci-fi pic over the next year. The film will be co-produced with Anderson’s and Bolt’s Impact Pictures, and will shoot in the U.K.

Chrysalis announced early last year that it planned to enter the film business through housekeeping pacts with five British producers, including Impact. Deals have now been closed with the other four: John Goldstone’s Comedy House, Gary Sinyor’s Cavalier Features, Gruber Brothers and Scala Prods.

Bolt says, “I support what Chrysalis are doing, and I sympathize with their position, but my situation has changed enormously since eight months ago.”

Notably, Anderson suddenly became a hot Hollywood property after being hired to direct “Mortal Kombat” fresh from Impact’s low-budget debut pic “Shopping.”

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