After helping broker the sale of Miramax to Disney and nurturing the $ 32 million “Johnny Mnemonic” through budgetary and casting travails, Peter Hoffman is devoting his energies to production and foreign sales.
Operating under his Cinevisions banner, the former Carolco prexy outlined Saturday a copious slate of projects and several strategic alliances.
Playing on his old Carolco connections, Hoffman says he’s developing his relationship with the Columbia TriStar group worldwide. He’s also fostering ties with 20thCentury Fox, figuring that studios under recently installed prexy Bill Mechanic is keen to beef up its release slate worldwide.
The exec is financing his films via a combination of pre-sales, well-funded partners and credit lines with Imperial Bank and Banque Paribas, and possibly Berliner Bank.
Hoffman said it’s likely Cinevisions will do more co-productions with Canada’s Alliance Communications, which produced “Johnny Mnemonic” (a TriStar release domestically and in some key foreign markets).
At the American Film Market, Hoffman is shepherding pre-sales on three titles:
“Shattered Image,” an $ 8 million thriller about a woman who has two lives — assassin and happily married person. Raul Ruiz is directing and it’s from the production company headed by Barbet Schroeder and Susan Hoffman, Peter’s wife. Diane Ladd is rumored for the lead role. Pic will shoot this summer in Brazil and Seattle. Hoffman and Mark Damon’s MDP are handling sales chores.
“Never Talk to Strangers,” a$ 12.5 million drama toplining Rebecca De Mornay as a criminal psychiatrist pitted against a stalker. Legit director Sir Peter Hall is helming this summer, and Hoffman is partnered with French company Quinta. Hoffman, who’s selling with MDP, expects to line up a domestic deal with a major. He’s discussing bringing Alliance aboard, too.
“Another 9 1/2 Weeks,” the much-delayed sequel, budgeted at $ 15 million, to the steamy original. This time the roles are reversed, with Mickey Rourke on the receiving end of the attentions of a dominant, obsessive woman. Hoffman envisions casting an unknown as the femme fatale. Michael Karbelnikoff (“Mobsters”) directs in Paris this summer. August Entertainment is fielding foreign rights.
Plethora of projects
Cinevisions has a slew of projects in development with various producers, including “The Seducers,” a$ 15 million Mike Figgis film toplining Christopher Lambert; “Rock & Roll Story” from director Bob Rafelson and writer Larry Gross, tagged at $ 20 million; and “Nightwood Bar,” helmed by Tim Hunter and starring Mary-Louise Parker.
Schroeder is slated to direct “Stander,” a true story of a former South African cop who killed 22 people during the Soweto riots, budgeted at $ 25 million-$ 30 million. Hoffman also is developing, with Teocalli Entertainment, a remake of the MGM silent flick “The Magician” about black magician Alistair Crowley.