Nielsen’s ‘Travesty’ nabs coin

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Imperial Entertainment Group has formally closed a deal to provide financing for the Leslie Nielsen pic “2001: A Space Travesty.”

The Los Angeles-based bank said it would advance $25 million to the two companies co-financing the picture, Canada’s Cinevent and German distrib Helkon Media.

Cinevent’s Danny Rosner is producing the film, which is lensing in Canada under Alan Silverstein’s helm. Ophelie Winter and Ezio Greggio co-star.

In “2001,” Nielsen plays a U.S. marshal who attempts to rescue the president and other world leaders who have been kidnapped by aliens and turned into mutants.

Jeffrey Konvitz Film Group put the pic together as a German-Canadian co-production, benefiting from Canadian and other international tax incentives. Toronto-based Independent Film Financing, an affiliate of Imperial, was involved in arranging the financing and tax credits for the pic.

“2001” will be completed next spring. Quadra Entertainment is handling foreign sales; domestic distribution is not yet set.

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