Focus Features has announced two film productions via its international arm.
“In Bruges” is the first feature from playwright Martin McDonagh, who won an Oscar on Sunday for his debut short film, “Six Shooter.”
Studio also is prepping an adaptation of Norman Lewis’ war memoir “Naples ’44: A World War II Diary of Occupied Italy.”
“In Bruges,” which is about a Belgium-based hit man, is being produced by Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin through their U.K. production shingle Blue Print Pictures.
McDonagh has a distinguished career writing for the stage. His “The Pillowman” won the Olivier Award and was nominated for a Tony. His other plays include “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” “The Lonesome West” and “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” which just opened Off Broadway and will move to Broadway’s Lyceum.
Francesca Barra is producing “Naples ’44,” and Ben Hopkins has written the adaptation. Author Lewis was a British intelligence officer stationed during the initially disastrous Allied occupation of Italy after they liberated it from Nazi Germany. Based on his wartime diaries, book was first published in 1978.
Focus Features Intl. prexy Alison Thompson and Focus production prexy John Lyons announced the projects.
As Focus’ worldwide sales and distrib arm, Focus Features Intl. is handling overseas rights to of Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver” (excluding Asia), “Fearless” starring Jet Li, Danis Tanovic’s “Hell,” Isabel Coixet’s “The Secret Life of Words,” Christophe Gans’ “Silent Hill” and Zhang Yimou’s currently untitled epic starring Chow Yun-Fat and Gong Li.