Hallmark Ent. seeks Teuton coin for slate

Company seeks $65.5 million

CANNES — Hallmark Entertainment is tapping the German film funds market for a further $65.6 million.

Through a new fund, to be launched next week by Munich-based sales and leaseback company Alcas, investors will be invited to put up a minimum of $21.9 million to back five Hallmark productions:

  • “Romeo & Julie-Cat,” an animation feature based on the Shakespeare play that will be retold using cats and dogs.

  • “Lord Jim,” a four-hour two-parter to be directed by George Miller, who also penned the project with Steven Miller.

  • Mark Twain’s “Roughing It,” a four-hour two-parter based on the semiautobiographical tale of Twain’s trip through the American West. Book has been adapted by Stephen H. Berman.

Fund also will back a remake of the “Swiss Family Robinson” story called “Stranded” and 22-part series “The Hidden City,” to be directed by Luke Hyams and Richard Johnson, about a homeless youth in London.

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