Crossroads acquires "Acts Of Charity" script for Winter to direct
Mike Goodridge in Las Vegas
23 March 2004 04:00

New York-based commercials, music video and movie producer Crossroads Films has optioned rights to the screenplay Acts Of Charity by UK screenwriter Chips Hardy and Alex Winter, the London-based film-maker who is also attached to direct the film.

Alan Rickman is attached to play the role of British ex-pat journalist in the film which follows the trials and tribulations of a young corporate executive sent on a hopeless humanitarian mission deep into the jungles of a struggling African nation.

Crossroads, which has a first-look deal with MGM/United Artists, describe the film as in the darkly comic spirit of Catch 22, MASH and Three Kings.

Crossroads principals Dan Lindau and Cami Taylor will co-produce the film with Paul Miller (Lone Star, Prozac Nation). The project was brought into the company by East coast head of development David Title.

Winter, most famous for playing Bill in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and its sequel, first directed Fever starring Henry Thomas which world premiered in Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999 and is currently writing and directing the Napster story for MTV Original Pictures.

The Acts Of Charity deal was negotiated for Crossroads by Joe Dapello at Schreck, Rose & Dapello. Winter is represented by The Gersh Agency, Chris Ridenhour at Evolution and Sloss Law Office. Hardy is represented by Linda Siefert.

"Chips and I have traveled the world researching this movie," said Winter in a statement. "It's great to finally land at such a smart and passionate home as Crossroads."

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Alan Rickman

The movie tells the tale of a young corporate executive sent on a humanitarian mission in the African jungle,
where he meets up with a cynical British journalist, played by Alan Rickman
(Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility, Robin Hood),
who educates the youngster on work in the jungle.