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One thing about the film business that has really sunk home recently is just how long movies take to move from development to production. And sometimes a project you think is dead in the water, or one that seems like pure folly, suddenly receives a high-profile resurrection. Take Fast Food Nation, the film version of the best-selling expose. All around cultural provocateur Malcolm McLaren has been pitching this project for years, and today from Variety there’s news that it is one of the big titles on London-based foreign sales company HanWay’s Cannes slate. Rick Linklater will direct, and Maria Full of Grace lead Catalina Sandino Moreno will star. Shooting, they say, is scheduled for the fall.
The announcement is part of a larger piece on HanWay, which, with the arrival of Tim Haslam as chief exec a year and a half ago, is moving from a company dependent on producer Jeremy Thomas’s Recorded Picture Company’s output to a bigger operation hawking pics from directors like Wim Wenders, Woody Allen, Richard Stanley, Brett Morgen and Carine Adler.