Thursday, May 12, 2005

Stormbreaker

Here's another from variety:

Entertainment Film Distributors, Capitol Films and WeinsteinCo. have teamed with Isle of Man Film, VIP Medienfonds and the UK Film Council to finance Stormbreaker - at more than $40 million, one of the biggest British independent movies of recent years.

The film, directed by Geoffrey Sax (White Noise), is based on the first book in Anthony Horowitz's bestselling series of novels about the reluctant teenage spy Alex Rider.

Rider is a 14-year-old orphan who has been unwittingly trained all his life by his uncle with the skills to become a secret agent - scuba diving, mountaineering, martial arts and so on. When his guardian, an MI6 agent, is killed, Rider learns the truth and finds himself forced against his will to take on a dangerous mission for the British secret service.

Variety says shooting starts July 4 at Pinewood Studios and in the Isle of Man. Harvey Weinstein said the company has sequel rights as well.


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