International producer and financier Future Films will back Hand Pick Films and Mechanik's production of "Vivaldi." The film will shoot this fall with Celsius Entertainment on board as the sales agents, it was announced at Cannes today. To be directed by Boris Damast and written with Jeffrey Freedman, "Vivaldi" will star Joseph Fiennes as the famed composer, with Gerard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, and Lena Headey co-starring.
"We're delighted to be working with Joseph Fiennes again following his powerful performance in "Goodbye Badana," said Future Films' Stephen Margolis. Margolis will executive produce for Future with Ampersand's Marti Blumenthal, Carlos Mercer of Cima Capital and James Ordonez. Hand Picked Films' Michel Shane and Anthony Romano ("Catch Me If You Can") will produce with Mechaniks' Andrea Kikok and Damast.
Future Films has numerous projects at Cannes, including "Angel's Choice" by Maria Ripoll ("Tortilla Soup") and Bille August's "Burden of Desire," starring Demi Moore and Michael Caine. [Peter Knegt]