Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp and Brooke Smith have joined the cast of Marti Noxon’s feature directorial debut To The Bone, the dark anorexia comedy that already stars Lily Collins, Carrie Preston, Keanu Reeves and Liana Liberto. Noxon wrote the pic inspired by her own personal experience with anorexia.

Meanwhile, AMBI Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi have come on board to finance the film along with Sparkhouse Media and will become co-executive producers. That deal will kick off a broader relationship between AMBI and Sparkhouse that will see the pair co-finance and co-produce a slate of films. AMBI Group’s worldwide sales arm AMBI Distribution will also handle global sales of To The Bone and introduce the project next month at Cannes.

Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis of Mockingbird Pictures will produce along with Sparkhouse’s Karina Miller. Miller heads Sparkhouse with her husband and financier Talal AlAbbar.

Taylor’s recent credits include ABC’s American Crime on the TV side and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials on the film side. She is repped by APA and Circle of Confusion. Sharp, best known for his Tony-winning role in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, is repped by CAA and Elin Flack Management. Smith, repped by Paradigm and Barking Dog Management, recently recurred on Ray Donovan and her film credits include Interstellar and Silence Of The Lambs.


Lantica Media and AMBI Group have entered a multi-picture co-production and co-financing deal for English- and Spanish-language features. The partners have committed to making three films over the next three-to-five years which they will fully finance. AMBI Distribution, will handle worldwide sales. Lantica’s interests include Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios and Lantica Pictures which develops, finances and produces original content for English- and Spanish-speaking audiences. Its most recent project is the Jonas Cuaron-helmed Z which shoots this summer. AMBI, founded by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, is the company that’s mounting a remake of Christopher Nolan’s Memento and a biopic of Lamborghini founder Ferruccio Lamborghini to be written by Bobby Moresco. Last year, AMBI acquired the Exclusive Media Group film library. AMBI and Lantica are also partnering in a new VFX and 3D conversion post-production facility that will be based at Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios where xXx is currently shooting. The company will fall under AMBI’s Toronto-based AIC Studios banner.


Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino’s consortium partner with Dubai-based Barajoun for a slate of family features with individual budgets in the $50 million range.

Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino have turned to the Middle East to expand the growing animated film slate of their AMBI Group consortium.

The company on Wednesday announced a deal with Dubai-based animation studio Barajoun for five features with “individual budgets in the $50 million range” over the next five years.

The titles — family-centric CGI-animated films and live-action features based on popular IP — will be fully financed by AMBI and Barajoun and co-developed between their two studios in Toronto and Dubai.

AMBI Distribution, AMBI’s sales arm, will oversee worldwide distribution for the new films and will also handle Bilal, Barajoun’s animated feature that recently bowed at the Dubai Film Festival. The pic, inspired by the true story of a historic African hero and featuring the voice of Suicide Squad star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, will be offered to buyers this week at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Following the launch of its AIC Studios in Toronto, AMBI has already revealed two upcoming 3D animated films: Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, featuring Alec Baldwin, James Franco, Heidi Klum and John Cleese among the voice cast; and Groove Tails, starring Jamie Foxx.

AMBI also has a remake of Christopher Nolan’s Memento and religious title Beyond the Sun, reported to feature the big-screen debut of Pope Francis, in the works.


Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group is developing a movie based on the life of Italian businessman Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the automaker of the same name.

Ambi, which has optioned the life rights, will finance and produce the film with plans to begin shooting this summer in Italy as well as other locations around the world. The film’s working title is “Lamborghini – The Legend.”

Lamborghini’s son Tonino is providing consultation. The film will cover the launch of Lamborghini’s career as a manufacturer of tractors, a creator of military vehicles during World War II and the designer of Lamborghini cars, which he launched in 1963 as the high-end sports car company Automobili Lamborghini.

He sold his automobile interests in the late 1970s and died in 1993.

“I am very proud to produce a film about an iconic man who had such a profound impact around the world, and left a legacy that lives on in such strong spirit,” said Andrea Iervolino. “Ferruccio Lamborghini was a pioneering businessman who brought honor to Italy and helped raise worldwide awareness for not just cars, but all products made in Italy. He started from scratch, relying only on his great passion and an unbridled desire to succeed in life – a desire he fulfilled.”

Ambi Distribution will handle worldwide sales rights on the film.

Films currently on Ambi’s slate are a remake of Christopher Nolan’s “Memento”; James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle”; family animated film “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad”; “Septembers of Shiraz,” starring  Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody; contemporary fairy tale “This Beautiful Fantastic,” starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson; and sci-fi thriller “Rupture,” starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis and Peter Stormare.


AMBI Pictures, run by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, has announced it will finance and produce the remake.

Memento, Christopher Nolan’s 2000 breakout thriller, is getting remade.

AMBI Pictures, run by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, has announced it will finance and produce the remake.

The company has the remake rights due to its acquisition of the library of Exclusive Media Group. The 400-title library also contains such as movies as Cruel Intentions, Donnie Darko, Rush and Sliding Doors, among others.

AMBI launched a new $200-million film fund last week, a movie which followed the acquisition of the library, and subsequently greenlit Memento as its latest production.

Memento starred Guy Pearce as a man who is tracking down his wife’s killer but suffers from a unique from of memory loss. The movie told part of its story in reverse order while another storyline was chronological. The two met at the end to devastating effect.

Memento, which was released by Newmarket Films, was nominated for best screenplay and best editing and heralded Nolan as a major talent. It grossed $25.5 million at the domestic box office, qualifying it as an indie hit, but it had an even greater impact on film lovers and moviegoers since its initial release.

In a statement, Bacardi said, “Memento is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which is a testament to its daring approach. We intend to stay true to Christopher Nolan’s vision and deliver a memorable movie that is every bit as edgy, iconic and award-worthy as the original. It’s a big responsibility to deliver something that lives up to the mastery of the original, but we are extremely excited and motivated to bring this puzzle back to life and back into the minds of moviegoers.”