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News Bites Cannes Edition: ‘Child’s Eye’ Gains Distro, Ridley Scott Nabs Multi Rights, Lionsgate Sets a ‘Trap For Cinderella’

Ready for more random Cannes news? Me neither. I can barely keep up with all of this insanity! Good news: plenty of horror to go around…

Screen Daily reports that Hong Kong’s Universe Films Distribution has sealed a North American deal on the Pang Brothers’ (The Eye) 3D horror The Child’s Eye which has been acquired by Grindstone Entertainment. The film premiered at the Venice film festival last year before having a successful run at the South-East Asian box office. Other Pang Brothers titles on Universe’s slate include Fairy Tale Killer, directed by Danny Pang and starring Lau Ching Wan, and a second 3D production, Sleepwalker, directed by Oxide Pang and starring Lee Sinjie. Both films are in post-production.

A bief update to last week’s announcement, Lionsgate UK nabbed Iain Softley’s psychological thriller Trap For Cinderella, in a deal with Ealing Metro. Alexandra Roach, Bill Bailey and Tuppence Middleton all star in the film from the director of The Skeleton Key. “A beach house at a French resort is gutted by fire. Trapped inside are two women – one rich and the other poor. Only one of them survives, burnt beyond recognition and in a state of total amnesia. Who is she, the heiress or her penniless friend? A killer, or an intended victim?

The Hollywood Reporter has a lengthy article on Scott Free U.K. and their abitious slate. Included were a slew of new genre projects starting with writer/director Rowan Joffe‘s (28 Weeks Later) big screen adaptation of S.J. Watson’s debut novel “Before I Go To Sleep”, “a psychological thriller about a woman who wakes up next to a man without any memory of how she got there and who the man next to her is. He’s her husband.

In addition, a young adult novel, “Blood Red Road,” has particularly caught the eye of Ridley Scott. Set in a post-apocalyptic world and due to be published in June by author Moira Young, it is being adapted for Scott Free U.K. by Jack Thorne. (The Scouting Book for Boys). “It tells the story of a girl who sets out to rescue her twin brother after he is snatched by mysterious black-robed riders who ride in on their steeds out of nowhere.” It is due to be published later this year and is the first in a trilogy, with potential franchise written all over it.

Another potential franchise for Scott Free in the U.K. is author Glen Duncan‘s planned trilogy of novels, the first of which is “The Last Werewolf”. “It details the dark, sexual tale of a 100 year werewolf who is thinking of giving himself up to the were-hunters at the next full moon but, on a train to Paris, is intoxicated with desire by the smell of a female werewolf.” Marshall is finalizing a deal with a writer and hopes to reveal all in the next few days.



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