by Mark Rabinowitz
The US distribution rights to David Cronenberg's yet to shoot film,
"eXistenZ", have been bought by Miramax's "genre" label, Dimension, and is
set to go before the cameras on April 3, 1998. Jennifer Jason Leigh
("Georgia", "Kansas City") and Jude Law ("Shopping", "Wilde") are set to star in
the pic, the latest from the director of last year's "Crash", as well as
"Dead Ringers", "Videodrome" and "The Fly". "eXistenZ" is both the second
Alliance film for Cronenberg ("Crash") and the second Miramax buy of an
Alliance film this month, with the first being "The Hairy Bird", a comedy
by Sarah Kernochan.
In a prepared statement, Miramax co-topper Bob Weinstein said, "David
Cronenberg is one of the greatest living genre directors and we are
thrilled to be working with him." The film will be completely financed
by Alliance, which will distribute the film in all territories worldwide
save for the US, and will be produced by Alliance Pictures, the
company's motion picture production division headed by Andras Hamori.
Other Alliance films being released in the US this year include: Atom
Egoyan's "The Sweet Hereafter" (Fine Line) and "The Hanging Garden" by Thom
Fitzgerald, bought by MGM during the Toronto Film Festival, where the
film won the Audience Award and shared the Best Canadian Film prize with
"The Sweet Hereafter".