IAC builds new slate

London sales unit adds chiller, Brit war drama

CANNES — Jim Gillespie’s “Julian” and Mike Barker’s “Cromwell and Fairfax” head the new slate of movies from London-based sales company IAC Films.

“Julian,” an $18 million chiller, marks the return to Blighty of Scottish helmer Gillespie, who made his name with “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

Scripted by Amy Ephron and Gillespie, “Julian” is the story of an adopted 6-year-old girl whose imaginary friend starts killing people to protect her. The “friend” is the ghost of her dead brother.

Pic comes from American producer Martin Bregman under his partnership with IAC, a deal that was launched in the fall. Shooting is scheduled for July in London.

“Cromwell and Fairfax” is a $22 million historical drama set in the 17th century during the aftermath of the English Civil War.

Dougray Scott is attached to star as Fairfax, the general who led the Parliamentary forces to victory over the king’s army.

Pic, which will shoot in September, focuses on the relationship between the general and his chief, the Parliamentary leader Oliver Cromwell (yet to be cast), as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King James I.

Script is by Jenny Mayhew, and the film is being produced by Kevin Loader for Natural Nylon Films. Barker previously directed “Best Laid Plans.”

These two British films join a slate that includes two other American projects from the Bregman/IAC partnership: “Carolina” and “Gold Coast.”

“Carolina,” directed by Jon Amiel and starring Julia Stiles, starts shooting May 15. “Gold Coast,” a $65 million drama directed by Harold Becker and starring Al Pacino, is scheduled for November, subject to a potential actors strike.

Since setting up the joint venture with Bregman last fall, IAC has struck output deals in a handful of key territories, including Italy (Eagle Pictures), Spain (Filmax), Latin America and Southeast Asia.

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