The surprising buoyancy can be ascribed to a flurry of last-minute announcements of big new projects. Emmerich only presented “Maya Lord,” a historical drama budgeted in the $60 million-$70 million range, to buyers Thursday, the first day of the Efm. Even later came news of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s attachment to “Kung Fury,” and of the director (Jung Byung-gil) and sales agent (Capstone Group) for “Afterburn,” a $60 million futuristic action adventure.
By the weekend, there were at least a dozen big titles “which everyone, one way or another, is trying to get,” said Ivan Boeing of Brazil’s Imagem, talking about mainstream distributors.
Buzzy deals include the announcement Monday of distribution in most major territories for Lionsgate Intl.’s