First Look nabs ‘Boys,’ ‘Willows’ toon

Irish laffer skedded for winter release

First Look Media has partnered with Samuel Goldwyn Films to handle U.S. release of John Irvin’s romantic comedy “Boys and Girl From County Clare,” starring Corrs lead singer Andrea Corr, Colm Meaney, Bernard Hill and Phil Barantini.

Comedy, about two long-separated brothers who reunite at an All Ireland traditional music fest, is skedded for a winter domestic release via First Look Pictures. First Look Home Entertainment will release the DVD early 2005. Rights to pic are being sold by First Look Intl. at Cannes.

First Look Media also has picked up international sales rights to a new 3-D CGI-animated adaptation of children’s classic “The Wind in the Willows” created by Kenneth Grahame.

Pic will be directed by Trevor Hawkins and penned by John Goldsmith, Tina Valinsky and Hugo Vereker.

Production is set to start June 30 for an anticipated Christmas 2006 release.

Animation for the U.K./Australian co-production will be handled by an Asustralian crew.

Pic is being exec produced by Zakiya Powell, Barry Gout and Marlon Muller and produced by Shirley Craig and Peter Flynn. “We are excited to be involved with such a beloved and timeless children’s story as ‘The Wind in the Willows,’ ” said Liz Mackiewicz, senior VP, worldwide sales and distribution. “With such a skilled animation team aboard, combined with the film’s high production values, we know that it will strike the right chord with international buyers.”