Col TriStar ‘Crazy’ about Brit comedy

LONDON — The Columbia TriStar Motion Pictures Group’s International Division is in advanced negotiations to co-finance the $12 million British comedy “Still Crazy,” directed by Brian Gibson (“The Juror”), with the Arts Council of England’s Greenlight Fund.

Sources close to the situation say that the Sony Pictures Entertainment arm might pay as much as $8.5 million for worldwide rights to the film. The Greenlight Fund, which is bankrolled by lottery coin, would be responsible for the remainder, some $3.5 million.

The project’s story concerns a British rock band called Strange Fruit, which split up in the ’70s and reformed 20 years later. It’s an original screenplay by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and is produced by Amanda Marmot.

The Arts Council’s lottery panel has also awarded $3.4 million to co-finance Chris Menges’ $10 million thriller “The Lost Son,” the second project from the Film Consortium, holder of one of the Arts Council’s three lottery franchises. UGC is co-financing the pic.

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