Def Pix reups at Polygram

Def Pictures has renewed for an additional three years its first-look arrangment with Polygram Filmed Entertainment.

The company, whose second feature “How to Be a Player” is set for a mid-August release through Gramercy Pictures, completed a two-year contract with PFE on April 30.

“It’s a great place to be right now when Polygram is making a major push to establish itself as a U.S. studio,” said Def Pictures president Preston Holmes.

Def just inked a deal with musicvid helmer Kia Puriefoy to direct “Strikeback.” The film, a co-production with PFE sister company Interscope, is a modern day inner city “Bonnie and Clyde” penned by Michael Mahern (“Mobsters”).

Puriefoy cut her teeth as an assistant director on several Spike Lee films including “Malcolm X” and “Jungle Fever.” Her video directing credits include Dr. Dre’s “Been There Done That,” as well as titles by Sounds of Blackness and Erykah Badu.

The company hopes to shoot “Strikeback” in late summer or early fall.

Def recently acquired the spec script “Psychic” a hard-edged thriller from newcomers Lee Anthony Smith and Gregory Bradley.

Holmes desribes the film as “Seven” meets “The X-Files.” “We’re excited about being in business with these guys in the future both as writers and as filmmakers.”

Additionally, Def hopes to begin shooting in the fall on “Fast Girls,” which will be directed by Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Mike Tollin (“Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream”).

The scirpt by Harold Sylvester and Gina Prince is based on the book “Run for Your Life,” by Marilyn Levy. It’s the true story of Darrell Hampton, who helped a group of teenage inner city girls form a championship track team.

“How to Be a Player,” a co-production with Island Pictures, stars MTV VJ Bill Bellamy and Pierre Edwards.

The company’s first picture, “Gridlock’d” a co-production with Interscope, was released by Gramercy

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