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Horrormeister does splits

“Friday the 13th” producer Sean Cunningham has formed a company, Sun Valley Film Corp., to handle mainstream fare, and announced the acquisition of two new projects.

The horrormeister’s Cunningham Prods. will continue to focus on genre pictures, including New Line’s “Freddy vs. Jason,” now in development, while Sun Valley will concentrate on material targeted at general audiences.

Sun Valley’s first script acquisition is Susan Cummins’ romantic comedy spec, “Gold Rush.” It chronicles the romance between a big-city businesswoman and the owner of a small brewery she tries to buy out. The love story, set in a Northern California gold rush town, takes a turn when the young-looking man turns out to be 177 years old.

Also on the slate is C. Colby Jensen’s “Necessary Evil,” about an ex-con trying to get his child back from inept kidnappers without his wife knowing their son is missing.

“These projects contain a combination of magical realism and comedy that suits the Sun Valley Films image,” Cunningham said. “I wanted an outlet for stories of substance that would also leave room for a good time, like ‘Freddy vs. Jason.’ ”

Both projects were brought to the company by Mark Haslett, VP of development.

Cummins was repped in the deal by agent Brad Rosenfeld of Preferred Artists. Jensen was repped by his attorney, William W. Blackwell.

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