Holland to work a ‘Miracle’

She inks pact to produce Lions Gate pic

Lions Gate Films has inked a deal with Polish writer-director Agnieszka Holland (“Washington Square,” “Europa Europa”) to produce her next project, “A Miracle Worker.” Elisabeth Shue (“Leaving Las Vegas”) has agreed in principle to star.

The Canadian-French-Polish co-production will be produced by Lions Gate Films senior vice president Christian Larouche and Gallic producer Jean-Louis Piel, with Lions Gate Intl. taking all world rights to the project.

Lensing on the $6 million pic, an English-lingo effort, is set to kick off this fall in Canada, in either Toronto or Vancouver. The script, penned by Holland, tells of a woman who has a child with a fatal disease whom she tries to save by going to a miracle worker.

“With a director like Agnieszka Holland, we’ll have a good chance in the States,” Larouche says. “I like the way she directs movies, and she’s going to make a very emotional film.”

Holland’s credits include “Washington Square,” released by Disney last year, “Total Eclipse” and “The Secret Garden.” This is her first collaboration with Lions Gate.

“A Miracle Worker” is Larouche’s first English-language production. He has been involved with several popular French-Canadian pics in recent years, including hockey comedy “Les Boys,” which is the all-time homegrown box office champ in Quebec. Filming on the sequel, “Les Boys 2” is under way in the French Alps.

Larouche said that Lions Gate Films has picked up French-Canadian rights to “The Dreamlife of Angels,” first-time helmer Erick Zonca’s competition entry, and all Canadian rights to the French hit “The Dinner Game,” from director Francis Veber. Larouche says Lions Gate is also negotiating with Gaumont to pick up U.S. rights to “The Dinner Game.”

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