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Berlin Market Roundup: New Adaptation from 'Terabithia' Author, Alba Stars in 'Weightless,' Dinklage in 'Long Way Home' and More

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 8, 2013 at 1:08PM

Westend Films is teaming with Bob Barney's new label Picturehouse for "The Great Gilly Project," the latest adaptation from "Bridge to Terabithia" author Katherine Paterson. Kathy Bates and Danny Glover are attached to star, while Stephen Herek ("101 Dalmations") is set to helm. The film centers on a wise-cracking foster child who meets her match in unconventional foster mom Maime Trottoer (Bates).
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Much like Cannes, the Berlin film market has many movies up for sale. But they don't all end up getting made. Just saying. A sampling of Berlin 2013 projects hoping for a start-date is below.

- Westend Films is teaming with Bob Barney's new label Picturehouse for "The Great Gilly Project," the latest adaptation from "Bridge to Terabithia" author Katherine Paterson. Kathy Bates and Danny Glover are attached to star, while Stephen Herek ("101 Dalmations") is set to helm. The film centers on a wise-cracking foster child who meets her match in unconventional foster mom Maime Trotter (Bates).

- Jessica Alba is in final talks to star in "Weightless," believe it or not, as American astronaut Maysie Overall. The original screenlay is penned by Oscar-nominated writer and first-time director Milo Addica ("Monster's Ball"). Myriad Pictures is pre-selling the film at the Berlinale market this week.

- Synchronicity Entertainment has picked up international rights to mob thriller "God Only Knows," starring Ben Barnes ("The Chronicles of Narnia"), Toby Jones ("The Girl," "Berberian Sound Studio"), Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl") and Harvey Keitel ("Moonrise Kingdom"). The film, in post-production, is helmed by James Mottern ("Trucker"), and centers on a smooth-talking Boston local who falls in with the Mafia.

- Content has snapped up worldwide rights to adventure film "A Long Way Home," starring Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones"). Set decorator of "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Batman Begins" Paki Smith is set to helm.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.