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Berlin: Universal Picks Up U.K. and Oz Rights to ‘ID2: Shadwell Army’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Universal has picked up U.K. and Australian rights to “ID2: Shadwell Army,” the sequel to 1995 soccer hooliganism cult movie “I.D.” by Philip Davis. Venezuelan Joel Novoa (“God’s Slave”) helmed the pic from a screenplay by Vincent O’Connell. The drama is co-produced by Sally Hibbin, the long-time producer of Ken Loach, along with Patrick Cassavetti. Moviehouse Entertainment has kicked off rights sales to the rest of the world at the Berlinale’s European Film Market.

The pic tracks a police officer who goes undercover to infiltrate Shadwell’s revitalized hooligan element, and gets caught up in the political turmoil sparked by plans to build a mosque in the East London district.

Parallax East, Screen Yorkshire and Germany’s Post Republic co-produce.

Some cast members of the original pic have joined the cast in the sequel. These include Lee Ross, who played Gumbo, the most famous character from “I.D.”; Perry Fenwick (“East Enders”); and Richard Graham.

Linus Roache (“Batman Begins,” “Vikings”) Simon Rivers (“Doctors”) and Neil Pearson (“Bridget Jones Diary”) lead the new cast.

“Before shooting the film, I spent three months living with different ‘firms’ to understand their world,” said Novoa, who added that Hibbin and O’Connell spent three years looking for the right director until they saw Novoa’s feature debut “God’s Slave” and saw him as the right fit.

“God’s Slave,” winner of AFI’s 2013 Franklin J. Schaffner Directors Award, was inspired by the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, and follows a Kuwaiti “sleeper cell” terrorist and an Israeli Mossad agent whose paths converge at the terrorist attack.

Novoa and Hibbin have partnered at Parallax Independent and have a first look deal at Universal Pictures for all their projects following “ID2.”

They are now location scouting in Malta for Novoa’s next pic “Blind,” set in the Gaza strip and Israel, which will start principal photography in August. Hibbin will produce, while Novoa helms the drama from a screenplay penned by Frederic Richter and Matthew Allen.

Novoa is also developing prison TV show “Pran” with Colombia’s Dynamo (“Narcos”) and is shooting suspense thriller “Underneath” in Minnesota this winter in collaboration with Moises Amsel and Manuel Trotta.

Novoa is the son of Jose Ramon Novoa, best known for his lauded hitman thriller “Sicario,” and Elia Schneider, whose credits include “Huelepega,” “Punto y Raya” and “Tamara.”

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