Sked includes 'Boys,' 'Free'

Indie producer Fred Kuehnert (“The Buddy Holly Story”) has announced an upcoming slate of four films to be financed through a combination of equity, presales and co-production agreements with his Skyline Partners banner.

Kuehnert, in association with Boston-based Westbay Management, recently acquired “Ton Up Boys” from London stage fixture Simon Clark. “Boys” tells the story of three Brits who are faced with having to give up on their non-realized dream of being motorcycle racers.

Described as “The Full Monty” meets “Days of Thunder,” the pic’s title is a term that refers to racers who drive their bikes in excess of 100 miles per hour. Project was brought to Kuehnert by attorney Mark Tchelistcheff, who will also co-produce.

“Way Offsides” is a broad comedy about rival football teams from two small Texas towns, written by Houston Chronicle film critic Jeff Millar. Gary Chason, a former Texas-based casting agent, is set to direct.

Pic will be financed by Houston-based Magic Lantern Entertainment and foreign pre-sales. Yoram Pelman’s Tomorrow Films (“Just the Ticket”) will exec produce and handle foreign distribution. Production is skedded for a November start in various Texas locations.

Described as a teen version of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Nancy Mercado’s “Free Falling” is an adaptation of her stage play, which won a Texas Playwright’s award. “Free” is about a young boy’s experiences working in a mental health facility whose patients are primarily twentysomethings from wealthy families. It is also being produced in association with Birmingham’s Westbay Management. Script is out to directors.

“Too Late for Yesterday,” a father-son relationship drama, also from Mercado, will be co-produced by Arthur Chang’s Kingman Films.

Kuehnert most recently produced eight action pics released through Orion Pictures (MGM) and Showcase Entertainment for the international TV market.

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