20th Century Fox is in negotiations to pick up North American distribution rights to the Neil Jordan vehicle “Borgia,” from indie sales, financing and production entity Myriad Pictures.
Pic, starring Ewan McGregor and Christina Ricci, is expected to start shooting in September.
Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Stephen Woolley will produce the pic, a $55 million historical drama that follows the swath of corruption and treachery cut through the 15th century by Lucretia, Cesare and Rodrigo Borgia, who later became Pope Alexander VI.
Pic marks the second Jordan pic to be acquired at the festival. Alliance Atlantis is also finalizing a deal with Fox Searchlight to acquire US rights to “The Good Thief.”
However, “Borgia” remains contingent on Myriad closing deals to cover the remainder of the pic’s budget, of which Fox is understood to be covering only a small portion.
Myriad co-presidents Kirk D’Amico and Philip Von Alvensleben and its prexy of production Lucas Foster will all executive produce the pic.
Myriad Pictures retains worldwide distribution rights to “Borgia” with Jordan’s percentery, ICM, handling the North American distribution rights on behalf of Myriad Pictures.
Jordan won the Oscar in 1993 for scripting “The Crying Game.”