Which once-high-flying producing duo, having split up under rocky circumstances, is getting back together again?
If you said Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna, late of Carolco, you’re only half right.
Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the team behind the boom-to-bust Cannon Pictures and responsible for “Death Wish” and “Over the Top,” are also reuniting, this time under the banner of Miracle Films. The new company is proposing to make movies in the $3 million-to-$15 million budget range, Golan told Daily Variety.
“It’s called Miracle Films because it’s a miracle Yoram and I got together again,” he added.
It’s been seven years since they split up and Cannon joined the scrap heap of Hollywood indies wrecked in the Credit Lyonnais loan debacle.
The true miracle, though, is that they have a strong backer — or, at least a backer with a strong back. North American Health and Fitness Corp. is putting up the money, chairman Peter Benz said. The publicly held company, currently trading at 19¢ a share, operates six muscle clubs in the Bay Area and currently owns a syndie TV show called “The Sports Bar.”
On the upcoming slate, Golan said, is “Cattle Call,” a Hollywood satire in the style of Mel Brooks’ classic “The Producers,” with Dom DeLuise and Brooks himself set for the leading roles of two indie producers trying to get a film made.
A case of art imitating life?