JD Prods., which was previously housed at Hollywood Pictures, has entered into a three-year, first-look deal with Columbia Pictures. The studio will be the new home for producers Jane Hamsher and Don Murphy, who produced “Natural Born Killers.” JD Prods. is also readying for production on the Bryan Singer-directed “Apt Pupil,” starring Ian McKellen and Brad Renfro for Phoenix Pictures.The deal came about after the company set up “The Man With the X-Ray Eyes” at the studio, which Peter Capaldi has been tapped to direct. Colpix production VP Michael Costigan initiated the deal. JD Prods. has several projects set up around town, including the Terry Hayes-scripted Jack the Ripper story “From Hell” at Touchstone, and the Scott and Phil Rosenberg sci-fi thriller “The Book of Skulls” at Universal. The producers also have a remake of “Hell House” set up at 20th Century Fox with Guillermo del Toro writing and directing. In addition, the filmmakers are developing director Lee Tamahori’s pet project, “I Shall Not Die.” Pic is about the New Zealand Maori wars of 1860. Keith Gordon (“Mother Night”) is also on board to adapt and direct the Jim Thompson novel “Savage Night” for Hamsher and Murphy. The story is about a hit man on his final job. Rick Benattar will continue as creative executive for the company. CAA’s Joe Rosenberg did the deal.
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