Castle Hill picks up ‘Cab,’ three others

Winter upped to veep at prod'n company

Castle Hill Prods. has acquired theatrical rights to four pics, including the quirky ensemble drama “Chicago Cab,” featuring cameo appearances by John Cusack, Gillian Anderson and Julianne Moore.

Castle Hill also has upped Michael Winter to vice president, creative affairs and acquisitions.

The Mary Cybulski and John Tintori-directed “Cab,” stars Paul Dillon, Michael Ironside, Laurie Metcalf and John C. Reilly. It’s adapted by Will Kern from his own play, “Hell Cab,” and tells the story of a cab driver and the traumatic experiences that he has with his various passengers.

The other pics that Castle Hill has picked up are Eric Dilling’s “River Red”; documentary “Biker Dreams”; and Steven Shainberg’s “Hit Me,” starring Elias Koteas, Laure Marsac, Philip Baker Hall, William H. Macy, Kevin J. O’Connor and the late Haing S. Ngor.

Winter, who will relocate from New York to L.A., will take part in the company’s planned expansion of its release slate from eight to 10 pics a year.

The various changes were announced by company prexy Mel Maron.

Winter was involved in the acquisition of “Little Boy Blue,” “Eye of God,” and “Insomnia” for the company. Together with Castle Hill founder Julian Schlossberg, Winter has produced a number of Broadway and Off Broadway shows, including “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” “Power Plays,” “Below the Belt,” “Death Defying Acts” and “Vita and Virginia.”

“Michael has been a vital part of Castle Hill for a few years,” Maron said. “We look forward to his bolstering our presence on the West Coast.”

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