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Toronto: ‘A Few Best Men’ Sequel Moves Forward (EXCLUSIVE)

“A Few Less Men,” the sequel to 2011’s Australian comedy “A Few Best Men,” has moved forward with Mark Lamprell on board as a director, Variety has learned exclusively.

Shooting is set for Oct. 26 in Western Australia. Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop will reprise their roles in the sequel, written by Dean Craig (“Death at a Funeral”).

Producers are Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings. The film’s financiers include Ingenious, Screen Australia, ScreenWest and LotteryWest, Arclight Films, New Oz and The Post Lounge. Daniel Findlay is the co-producer. Executive producers are Dean Craig, Gary Hamilton, Mark Lazarus, James Vernon and Josh Kesselman.

Arclight Films is handling sales for the film and has already sold the film to Lucky Red for Italy, Modus Vivendi for Pan Eastern Europe, Eastwood Holdings for Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia, Italia Films for Pan Middle East and Galaxy for Vietnam. Studio Canal has acquired Australian and New Zealand rights.

“‘A Few Less Men’ is destined to be a success and we’re thrilled to be heading to Toronto with sales in tow,” said Hamilton, managing director of Arclight Films.

The original film starred Samuel as a young groom heading to the Australian Blue Mountains with his three best men for his wedding. Worldwide grosses hit $15 million.

Malkin, Stallings and Chambers worked on the comedic thriller “Kill Me Three Times,” which debuted at Toronto last year.

Craig is repped by UTA and Thruline. Bishop is represented by UTA and Troika, Marshall by Independent Talent Group and Rob Marsala, and Samuel by Shanahan Management, Gersh and Management 360.

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