Virus, germs and scamps on tap from indie Promark

'Contaminated Man,' 'Enemy,' 'Baby Bedlam' to lens

HOLLYWOOD — Promark Entertainment prexy John Kramer has three new projects heading into production within the next few months.

Scribe John Penney’s “Contaminated Man” concerns a virus that kills on contact. A disgruntled lab worker becomes the deadly carrier. Lensing is skedded to begin this fall with Anthony Hickox (“Prince Valiant”) at the helm.

“The Enemy,” a $5 million co-production with German entity Telepool, follows a CIA agent and his fiancee as they uncover her father’s involvement in the development of germ warfare. Tom Kinninmont (“After Alice”) will produce, aiming for an October start date.

Eric Hendershot (“Angels in the Attic,” “Clubhouse Detective”) is set to direct the first project on this year’s slate of family films, “Baby Bedlam.” Pic concerns three mischievous little boys whose seemingly innocent pranks have serious consequences.

In addition, Promark is wrapping up “Pilgrim,” the action pic starring Ray Liotta, Gloria Reuben and Armin Mueller-Stahl. The $6.5 million feature is directed by Harley Cokeliss (“Black Moon Rising”) and produced by Gary Howsam (“The Intruder”). “Pilgrim” was co-produced by English outfit Spice Factory.

Also just completed is “After Alice,” a German/U.K./Canadian co-production starring Kiefer Suther-land, Henry Czerny (“The Ice Storm”) and Polly Walker (“Patriot Games,” “Sliver”). Paul Marcus’ $5.5 million feature concerns a washed-up detective who discovers his own psychic ability when assigned to investigate a serial murder case. Tina Stern, Andre Paquette and Tom Kinninmont will produce.

An L.A.-based independent producer and worldwide distributor, Promark Entertainment Group aims to produce between four and six films per year within the action-adventure/thriller genre. The 12-year-old company is also committed to producing three family films per year. Promark also bowed a TV division last year.

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