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Major US Deal for 'Miss Potter' 27 March 2006

    A major deal to sell the North American film rights to the next Manx film, MISS POTTER, has recently been secured by Isle of Man Film. Following a week of negotiations, Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company in New York moved to buy the rights before filming had commenced on this major $25million feature film.

    The sale of MISS POTTER to The Weinstein Company represents the biggest deal in the short history of Isle of Man Film.

    Currently shooting on the Island, the film follows the life and times of the writer Beatrix Potter and will mix live action with high-end animated sequences. The film is being directed by Chris Noonan, his first feature film since he directed the Oscar-winning Babe and tells the story of the life of Beatrix Potter, the author of children’s classics such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Miss Tiggy-Winkle. Starring Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Cold Mountain, Cinderella Man) and Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge), the US$25m film is anticipated to be one of Britain’s biggest independent films of 2006.

    DTI Minister Alex Downie said, “Yet again I am delighted to be able to tell you that my Department and Isle of Man Film have succeeded in securing the best possible position for the Isle of Man in the progress of this film. We continue to be indebted to Steve Christian and our media lawyer Andrew Fingret of Cains who have both been not only instrumental but essential to the progress of this deal and its benefits to the Island”.

    27th March 2006

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