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WARNER BROS. ACQUIRES DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO SALKINDS' EPIC 'CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: THE DISCOVERY'

 WARNER BROS. ACQUIRES DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS
 TO SALKINDS' EPIC 'CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: THE DISCOVERY'
 BURBANK, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Warner Bros. announced today that it has acquired the domestic distribution rights to Alexander and Ilya Salkind's epic adventure "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery," a John Glen film written by Mario Puzo and John Briley and starring Marlon Brando, Tom Selleck, Rachel Ward and George Corraface as Christopher Columbus. The announcement of the acquisition was made by Terry Semel, president and chief operating officer, Warner Bros. Inc., who anticipates a summer release for the film.
 "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery" traces the historic voyage of the great explorer as he sailed across the Atlantic in search of a new route to India. A special five-week "ocean voyage" shoot was conducted on seagoing replicas of Columbus' actual caravels, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. The caravels were constructed by the Spanish government to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' journey.
 Noted European stage actor Corraface makes his international film debut in a major motion picture as Columbus; the late David Lean had previously cast Corraface as the lead in that director's much- anticipated production of "Nostromo."
 Academy Award-winner Brando plays the notorious inquisitor Tomas de Torquemada, Selleck portrays King Ferdinand and Ward fills the role of Queen Isabella.
 Screenwriters Puzo ("The Godfather") and Briley ("Gandhi") are both prior Oscar winners as is production designer Gil Parrondo. Producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind are well-known for their hit series of "Superman" films and director Glen is a veteran of five James Bond pictures.
 "We are pleased and excited to have acquired this epic film, which has inspired so much interest and attention during its production," stated Semel. "Warner Bros. has built an enviable record of successfully releasing movies with a sweeping historical context and we feel certain that 'Christopher Columbus: The Discovery' has all the right ingredients to enthrall audiences everywhere."
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