Gallic financing and sales company Films Distribution has wasted no time completing the finance on Wim Wenders’ upcoming psychological thriller “The Miso Soup.”
Films Distribution, which only recently boarded as sales and financing agent, inked agreements with South Korea’s SSD and a bevy of European producers to co-produce the adaptation of Japanese author Ryu Murakami’s 1998 bestselling novel.
SSD will put up 50% of the financing on “Soup.”
In a deal that closed Wednesday at Cannes, remaining finance has been committed by Philippe Carcassonne’s Gallic shingle Cine-@, which co-developed the project, Jean-Louis Livi’s F Comme Film and Germany’s GreenSkyFilms, repped by In-Ah Lee, and Wenders’ own label Neue Road Movies.
“We found financial partners, not distributors, which leaves open Japan and South Korea for (sales) negotiation,” said Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, partner of FD, which has built up contacts in Asia over many years.
Seoul-based SSD previously financed “The Legend,” an ambitious Korean-Japanese drama series, which broadcast on South Korea’s MBC and Japan’s NHK.
Producers are in final negotiations for Willem Dafoe to topline the otherwise entirely Japan-set “Soup,” Brigaud-Robert said.
Dafoe would play an American serial killer in Tokyo’s red-light district. The $8 million “Soup” also turns on the killer’s face-to-face with his young Japanese guide. Beyond the serial killer, key cast will be Asian. Film will be largely in English, with some Japanese.
Films Distribution will initiate the sales campaign on “Soup” at Toronto and Venice, said Brigaud-Robert.
“Soup” is skedded to roll February and be ready for delivery by fall 2010, he added.
Patrick Frater contributed to this report.