Odyssey sets zombies, more for Cannes

'Phantom,' 'Valiant,' 'Deaths,' 'Puss' on co.'s slate

LONDON — American horror, British family fare and an Irish zombie comedy make up the diverse new slate of movies from Ralph Kamp and Louise Goodsill’s sales outfit Odyssey Entertainment.

“Deaths of Ian” is a $15 million project about an all-American kid who is murdered each day by his supernatural pursuers, only to find himself waking up every time in a different life.

Produced by f/x guru Stan Winston and Brian J. Gilbert, who previously collaborated on “Wrong Turn,” it will be directed by Italian commercials helmer Dario Piana. Shooting is scheduled for this fall.

The Jim Henson Co. will produce “Puss ‘n Boots,” a $35 million live-action movie with a leading role for a CGI-animated cat. This centuries-old tale of a miller’s son, a beautiful princess and a mischievous feline will be produced in the U.K. by Michael Gruskoff, Lisa Henson and Kristine Belson.

“Boy Eats Girl” will star Irish actress/pop singer Samantha Mumba (“The Time Machine”). Directed by Stephen Bradley (“The Tale of Sweety Barrett”) from a screenplay by Derek Landy, it’s the tale of a boy who dies on the very night he declares his love to his girlfriend. His mother brings him back to life as a zombie, and soon Dublin is being terrorized by teenage flesh-eaters. The boy himself is torn between saving his girl and trying to eat her.

The $5 million pic, produced by Ed Guiney, is being co-financed by Isle of Man Film and the Irish Film Board, with a U.K. pre-sale to Optimum Releasing.

Odyssey will be screening footage at Cannes of its two highest-profile projects — Andrew Lloyd Webber and Joel Schumacher’s “The Phantom of the Opera” and the John Williams animated pic “Valiant.” It also will be completing sales on Johnny Depp starrer “The Libertine,” which wrapped last week and is still available in Germany, Japan and North America.

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