Much like Cannes, the Berlin film market has many movies up for sale. But they don’t all end up getting made. Just saying. A sampling of Berlin 2013 projects hoping for a start-date is below.
– Westend Films is teaming with Bob Barney’s new label Picturehouse for “The Great Gilly Project,” the latest adaptation from “Bridge to Terabithia” author Katherine Paterson. Kathy Bates and Danny Glover are attached to star, while Stephen Herek (“101 Dalmations”) is set to helm. The film centers on a wise-cracking foster child who meets her match in unconventional foster mom Maime Trotter (Bates).
– Jessica Alba is in final talks to star in “Weightless,” believe it or not, as American astronaut Maysie Overall. The original screenlay is penned by Oscar-nominated writer and first-time director Milo Addica (“Monster’s Ball”). Myriad Pictures is pre-selling the film at the Berlinale market this week.
– Synchronicity Entertainment has picked up international rights to mob thriller “God Only Knows,” starring Ben Barnes (“The Chronicles of Narnia”), Toby Jones (“The Girl,” “Berberian Sound Studio”), Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”) and Harvey Keitel (“Moonrise Kingdom”). The film, in post-production, is helmed by James Mottern (“Trucker”), and centers on a smooth-talking Boston local who falls in with the Mafia.
– Content has snapped up worldwide rights to adventure film “A Long Way Home,” starring Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”). Set decorator of “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Batman Begins” Paki Smith is set to helm.