As announced on the first day of the AFM, Salt has closed a number of pre-sales on Twist, the Parkour-based update of Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist. Wild Bunch has taken rights for German speaking Europe, Luxor for CIS, Front Row for Middle East, Best Film for China, and Panorama for Hong Kong. Mathew Parkhill (The Caller) will direct the London-set action adventure, currently out to casting, with freerunning founder Sébastien Foucan on board as an adviser.
Salt has also newly boarded $7.5m-budgeted Australian sci-fi Skylab, a monster vs astronauts thriller set on board a NASA space station, with Splendid snapping up rights for German speaking Europe as well as Benelux. Rupert Glasson (Coffin Rock) writes and directs, producers are David Lightfoot (Wolf Creek) and James Vernon (The Eye Of The Storm). The Australia shoot is set for early 2012.
Also on the Salt slate is UK comedy-horror Grabbers, currently in post-production, and completed titles Cleanskin, starring Sean Bean, and newly edited Dirty Girl with Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich and William H Macy.