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Finch opens shop with 3 projects

Director/producer Charles Finch has ended his two-year affiliation with Ruddy/Morgan, and set up his own indie production shop, starting off with three active projects, with helmers Nicolas Roeg and Danny Huston attached.

“I just had a different point of view about the movies I wanted to try and get made,” Finch said. Accordingly, Finch said he hoped to be able to get so-called “difficult” projects off the ground.

Although the Charles Finch Co. is negotiating with at least one foreign investor, his outfit is backed primarily by two unidentified indie financiers.

First up from 31-year-old Finch, the son of the late Peter Finch and screenwriter Yolande Turner, is the dark thriller “The Maddening,” by Henry Slesar and Leslie Greif.

Described as a cross between”Straw Dogs” and “Dead Calm,” the script is about a woman who walks out on her husband after an argument only to be kidnapped. Huston (“Mr. North,””Becoming Collette”) will direct.

Principal photography on the $ 7 million “Maddening” is slated to begin in mid-February in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The project is currently casting and Finch is negotiating a domestic distribution deal.

Also awaiting Finch is the road movie “Blind Trip” by Ian Bowater, to be helmed by French commercial director Jean-Marie Perrier. This $ 3 million movie is about a blind blues singer searches for a lost lover.

Finch is currently in negotiations with French indie Odessa Films for “Blind” backing.

Roeg (“The Man Who Fell to Earth”) has already been tapped to direct the drama “Red, Size 6” by Finch and Turner, the latter of whom also wrote Fox’s upcoming “Bad Girls,” which Finch produced with Ruddy/Morgan.

“Red” concerns a man whose life is destroyed by a scheming woman of a certain shoe size.

Finch also wrote, produced and directed “Priceless Beauty” with Christopher Lambert and Diane Lane for Silvio Berlusconi/Republic Pictures, and wrote and directed the RCA/Col vidpic “Where Sleeping Dogs Lie.”

Finch also has a producing credit on the upcoming Ruddy/Morgan Vietnam pic “Americal,” which Sidney Furie will helm, and was also involved with packaging the upcoming Fox pic “The Scout,” which Michael Ritchie will direct.

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