There's all sorts of traveling in the indie world today:
- Work, work, work, work! If there's one thing that can be said for Warner Brothers -- they seem to like being productive. The Hollywood Reporter posts that the studio has teamed up with Prasad, an India-based company, for digital post-production and restoration. Why? "In addition to bringing our combined skills to each other's projects, the time difference between the two companies will allow us to work on projects 24 hours a day." No rest for the wicked! Prasad, meanwhile, says: "This will enable us to add considerable value to both Indian and international projects and, most importantly, Hollywood projects." I don't know if I agree with the use of "most importantly," but it'll be interesting to see the added value, and whether that means more Indian films hitting North American shores.
- His debut, Santanas, is currently fighting for a foreign Oscar spot, and now Variety reports that Colombian director Andi Baiz has signed for his next feature -- Babylon. The first penned feature for Ian Stone, who has worked as a second unit director on huge flicks like War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Babylon is about "an asthmatic boy whose father is used as a mule by drug dealers." Hopefully he doesn't hide from them in a Panic Room -- that never goes well. The $5-$6 million production will shoot next Spring or Fall, depending on the weather in the lovely Caribbean.
- Finally, Variety reports that Italian actor Riccardo Scamarcio has taken the lead role in Constantin Costa-Gavras' new drama, Eden is West, which begins shooting in March. The film is said to be "a road movie about the trans-European travails of an illegal immigrant named Elias," as well as "the plight of immigrants trying to illegally enter and scrape a living in EU countries." This is a pretty big deal since the director is returning to Greece to shoot the film -- 4 decades after getting an Oscar for his political drama Z, about a coup in the country.