Prod'n co.'s slate includes three new projects
CANNES — London and Los Angeles-based Samuelson Prods. (“Wilde”) has added three projects to its fast-developing slate of British and American movies, including pics with director Vincent Ward and Michael Douglas’ production company, Douglas/Reuther Prods.Ward, who is prepping the $80 million Robin Williams pic “What Dreams May Come,” is attached to an untitled project about cults scripted by Rustam Ibregimbekov, whose 1994 “Burnt by the Sun” won the foreign-lingo film Oscar. Douglas/Reuther is co-developing “The Allegation,” based on a novel by British writer Peter Whalley, about a successful marriage that is challenged by false blackmail notes. The third new Samuelson project is “Arlington Road,” a contempo thriller written by Ehren Kruger. Mark Pellington, who has just completed “Going All the Way” for Lakeshore, will direct. The project is being produced with Tom Gorai. Meanwhile, Marc and Peter Samuelson — who are, respectively, London- and L.A.-based — are pushing ahead with several projects. Their next pic, with longtime directing partner Brian Gilbert is now confirmed as “Moonfleet.” This $17 million period adventure pic, adapted by Adrian Hodges from the classic British novel, will start shooting next February. Negotiations are under way with a leading London sales company. The Samuelsons are working closely with Guy East’s Intermedia to arrange financing for “The Chrysalids,” based on John Wyndham’s sci-fi novel, which will be directed by Stephen Hopkins (“Lost In Space”). “Girls’ Night Out” is another co-venture with Gerlach, adaptation by Oz humorist Kathy Lette from her own novel. Chris Brown will co-produce with the Samuelsons. “Save Me Joe Louis,” written and directed by John Roberts (who is working on “Paulie” for DreamWorks) is being packaged for production next year. Producer is Michele Camarda (“Photographing Fairies”).