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Constantin, Intermedia pact for pix

Horwits to o'see 'Evil,' 'Slap' co-ventures

Constantin Film and Intermedia have pacted to co-finance and distribute “Resident Evil,” directed by Paul Anderson (“Mortal Kombat”), and “Slap Her, She’s French,” directed by Evan Dunsky.

“Resident Evil,” a horror thriller based on the best-selling Capcom videogame, is the first film to fall under the new production pact between Anderson and Jeremy Bolt’s Impact Pictures and Constantin Film. Shooting is slated to begin in January.

“Slap Her,” a co-production with Constantin partner Key Entertainment, will star Piper Perabo (“Coyote Ugly”) in a comedy about a foreign exchange student who comes to a small Texas high school and practically takes over a classmate’s life. Project was penned by Lamar Damon and Robert Lee King, with a rewrite by Oscar-winning scribe Alan Ball (“American Beauty”). Shooting is scheduled to start in Dallas next month.

Intermedia will be responsible for arranging distribution contracts worldwide with the exception of North America, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which will be handled by Constantin.

Veteran overseer

Both productions will be overseen by veteran Stateside producer Mitch Horwits, who Constantin Film recently tapped prexy of its Los Angeles-based Constantin Development.

Horwits works closely with Robert Kulzer, who heads Constantin’s productions as well as covering acquisitions.

“Intermedia is the ideal partner for licensing our rapidly increasing international production volume,” said Constantin chairman Bernd Eichinger. “We are looking forward to being able to expand the successful cooperation we have enjoyed over many years.”

In addition to Key, Constantin Film has inked joint production ventures with Propaganda Film and USA Films.