In their second deal together, Warner Bros. has agreed to distribute Alcon Entertainment’s “Lost & Found,” the David Spade starrer to which actress Sophie Marceau has just been added.
Jeff Pollack (“Above the Rim,” “Booty Call”) will direct, a change from an initial plan to give the project to “Kids in the Hall Brain Candy” helmer Kelly Makin. The “Lost” script has been written by Spade, J.B. Cook and Mark Meeks, and will be pro-duced by Wayne Rice and Morrie Eisenman (“Suicide Kings,” “Only You”) with Alcon’s co-presidents, Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Less than two weeks ago, Alcon announced that WB would distribute “My Dog Skip,” which has begun shooting in Canton, Miss., with Jay Russell at the helm and Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane before the camera.
James Miller, president of WB’s worldwide theatrical business operations, told Daily Variety that he was “very happy to get into business” with Johnson and Kosove.
“I think they’re going to succeed, and I think it’ll be a mutually profitable endeavor,” Miller said. “They’re two terrific, smart guys who have a real vision of starting out slowly and building. We think it’s a budding rose.”
Alcon, founded with financing from FedEx chairman Frederick W. Smith, plans to make as many as four low-budget pics per year and at least one big-ticket feature. The advantage to WB, Miller said, is that Alcon has its own development money.
Marceau’s addition to the “Lost” cast should enhance its overseas prospects. The French actress was in “Braveheart,” “Firelight” and “Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.” Kosove described her as a “wonderfully charismatic and beautiful international star who we are thrilled to have in her first American comedy.”
Marceau’s deal was brokered by Joe Funicello and Martha Luttrell at ICM, and Pollack’s by Spencer Baumgarten and Michael Gruber at William Morris Agency.