International News: Puss, Buddha, Aria

“French studio MK 2 (“Children of the Rain”) is developing a $24 million CG animated film, “The True story of Puss in Boots,” for an early 2009 release – two years ahead of Dreamworks official “Shrek” spin-off counterpart. The French one is described as a politically incorrect, loose modern adaptation of the original story by Charles Perrault…” (full details)

“Tony Pemberton (“Beyond the Ocean”) will helm a $4.5 million English-language adaptation of Victor Pelevin’s cult Russian novel “Buddha’s Little Finger” (aka. “The Clay Machine Gun”). A surreal tale switching between Russia’s civil war years and the chaos of its revolutionary 1990s, shooting begins this summer with Rupert Friend in the lead role…” (full details)

“ImaginAsian Entertainment and Prime Entertainment have struck a deal to co-distribute Korean thriller “A Bloody Aria” in North America. Pic, scripted and helmed by Won Sin-yeon, sees a professor and his student become involved with three unsavory characters who may or may not be killers…” (full details)