Charles Gillibert at Paris-based CG Cinema is lead-producing the film with American partners Benaroya Pictures, which is financing and producing, as well as Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya. Ben Sachs is exec producing for Benaroya Pictures.
Previously titled “Hubris,” the project is based on a 2007 Playboy article called “Boosting The Big Tuna” by Hillel Levin. It follows a group of thieves who rob a man who turns out to be Chicago mafia boss Tony Accardo.
Script is penned by Assayas, who won a Golden Globe for “Carlos the Jackal,” his mini-series starring Edgar Ramirez as Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez.
International Film Trust, the outfit topped by Christian De Gallegos and launched last year by Benaroya and Miscellaneous Entertainment, is repping foreign sales on “Idol’s Eye.”
CAA, which arranged financing, will represent domestic rights along with WME.
Weisz is repped by Independent Talent Group, CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Assayas’ latest film, “Clouds of Sils Maria,” produced by Gillibert’s CG Cinema, competed at Cannes.
Los Angeles-based arthouse chain Laemmle Theatres has stopped seeking a buyer, four months after putting itself on the sales block amid slow sales. Greg Laemmle, president of the 81-year-old exhibitor, announced the development Thursday. He told Variety that discussions with an unidentified buyer had reached an advanced stage but fell apart and that there has [...]
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