Dragon inks Four pact

'Naples,' 'Millions' slated

LONDON — Film Four, the movie arm of U.K. web Channel 4, has signed a first-look deal with Damian Jones and Graham Broadbent’s Dragon Pictures.

Jones and Broadbent are currently producing “The Debt Collector” for Film Four, and previously were behind the C4/Miramax co-production “Welcome to Sarajevo.” Based in London and Los Angeles, they also produced the American movie “Gridlock’d.”

Their development slate includes “Naples 44,” adapted by Alan Sharpe from the diary of a British intelligence officer in Italy after the 1944 liberation. “Millions,” by Frank Cottrell Boyce, is a script about two pre-teen brothers in 1976 who find a million pounds in stolen money.

“I have every confidence in Graham and Damian becoming top U.K. producers,” commented Film Four chief exec Paul Webster.

This is believed to be Film Four’s first overall deal on such a scale, although it has other development pacts with a number of producers, including Grainne Marmion (“Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Lawrence”) and Dixie Linder (“Bent”).

Film Four has also added “East Is East,” directed by first-timer Damien O’Donnell, to its 1998 production slate. The project, a comedy about an Anglo-Pakistani family in the 1970s, will shoot in October, produced by Leslee Udwin.

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