RKO, Bigel/Mailer Films ink deal for pic remakes

Reynolds to helm 'Dead,' Winkler guiding 'Night'

RKO Pictures has signed a three-picture deal with Gotham-based production company Bigel/Mailer Films, enabling the indie shingle to remake three titles from the vast RKO library.

The three films are “Isle of the Dead,” to be helmed by Burt Reynolds; “Clash by Night,” to be directed by David Winkler (“Finding Graceland”) and written by Winkler; and “Age of Consent.”

All three films are budgeted in the $10 million range.

Bigel/Mailer, named for its principals, producers Daniel Bigel and Michael Mailer, are best known for producing James Toback’s “Two Girls and a Guy” (Fox Searchlight) and “Black and White” (Screen Gems, set for March); they also are producing the Reynolds-helmed pic “The Last Producer” (USA Films for this spring) and previously produced indie pics “Casanova Falling” and “The Money Shot.”

Updated from the original 1945 Val Lewton/Boris Karloff film of the same name, “Isle” will be a vampire movie involving a group of students studying abroad on an island.

Based on the 1952 Fritz Lang film starring Marilyn Monroe and Barbara Stanwyck, “Clash” is a prickly love story about a fashionable woman who returns to her small hometown after failing in the big city, only to get caught up in an explosive love triangle with two local suitors.

Inspired by the 1934 film, “Age of Consent” is a romantic comedy that revolves around a psycho father’s attempt to marry off his blue-collar underage daughter to an elite prep school senior after a fateful one-night stand.

RKO currently has in the works “The Locked Box,” with helmer Alexander Payne (“Election”) attached; “The Seventh Victim,” with director Brad Anderson (“Next Stop Wonderland”); and “While the City Sleeps,” with helmer Michael Steinberg (“The Waterdance”).

The pact between RKO and Bigel/Mailer was negotiated by Art Horan, exec veep of RKO Pictures, and Steven Beer of Rudolf & Beer.

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