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Malkovich coloring Ship’s ‘Kubrick’

Thesp pretends to be the late helmer in Frewin script

BERLIN — John Malkovich is set to star in “Colour Me Kubrick,” the first film to come out of Studio Hamburg’s new L.A.-based English-language film production arm, Studio Hamburg Intl. Production (Ship).

The cinema verite-style comedy recounts the true story of a man who pretended to be the late director Stanley Kubrick during filming of Kubrick’s final pic, “Eyes Wide Shut,” despite bearing no physical resemblance to him or possessing any knowledge of his work.

The film was written by Kubrick’s longtime personal assistant Anthony Frewin and will be directed by Brian Cook, Kubrick’s longtime first a.d.

Michael Fitzgerald (“The Pledge”) is producing and Stuart Pollok and Sytze van der Laan exec producing for Ship.

The European co-production, budgeted at around 8.5 million euros ($9.9 million), will shoot in London, Hamburg, Bremen and Amsterdam this fall. Capitol Films is handling international sales.

Headed by Pollok, Ship is focusing on European co-productions.

State film subsidy board FilmFoerderung Hamburg is backing the film, providing $1.05 million for the production.

Board is also backing family film “Sergeant Pepper” from German helmer Sandra Nettelbeck (“Mostly Martha”) with $934,000.

Produced by Munich’s MTM, “Sergeant Pepper” concerns a boy and a talking dog; pic shoots in the fall. Nettelbeck will follow that with her first English-language pic, “Helen,” to be shot in Canada next year for MTM.

Constantin Film will release “Sergeant Pepper” locally while Bavaria Film is handling world sales for both films.

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