Kingman preps three pix

'Mean Guns' scribe hired to polish actioner 'Gentlemen'

Arthur Chang’s Kingman Films says it’s prepping three features in the $5 million to $10 million range, and the company has a new development director to help make them happen.

Mandy Safavi, previously a development assistant with Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Enterprises, is overseeing the story department at Kingman and said she is “actively bringing in projects for development.”

Safavi has signed screenwriter Andrew Witham (“Mean Guns”) to polish Kingman’s actioner “Gentlemen of the Hunt.” The deal was brokered by Peter Rosten, Kingman’s veepee of production, and, on Witham’s behalf, Todd Schulkin of Innovative Artists.

Also on the company’s slate is the family saga “Too Late for Yesterday,” written by Nancy Mercado. “Late” will be co-produced with veteran indie producer Fred Kuehnert.

The third picture in the prepping stages is “Closers,” a comedy in which a devil and an angel, each competing for souls on Earth, fall in love. Written by Brian Page, “Closers” is out to directors.

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