Hyde Park Entertainment is putting its second-look deal with Walt Disney Studios to work, teaming up to co-produce or co-finance Brad Silberling’s “Goodbye Hello” (AKA “Baby’s in Black”), the Dustin Hoffman vehicle “Personal Injuries” and the Queen Latifah-starrer “In the Houze.”
These are the first greenlit projects for the shingle under its Disney deal, which partners David Hoberman and Ashok Amritraj signed last year. Launched in 1999 with a first-look pact at MGM, Hyde Park annually produces three to four pics budgeted at $20 million and up.
The first pic that Hyde Park set up at Disney under its second-look, “Pretty Ugly,” is in development. Company is also developing “Raising Helen” at the Mouse House.
On “Goodbye Hello,” written and directed by Silberling and starring Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Holly Hunter, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Pompeo, Hyde Park is co-financing the pic and will take various international rights. Pic is now in post.
“Injuries,” which stars Hoffman and will mark the thesp’s directorial debut, will be co-produced by Hyde Park’s Amritraj and Hoberman with Punch Prods.’ Hoffman, Lee Gottsegen and Jenna Hoffman. Hyde Park will co-finance with Disney and take various international territories. Based on a Scott Turow novel, pic is slated for a spring 2002 start.
Hyde Park will co-produce “Houze,” a romantic comedy written by Jason Filardi. Amritraj, Hoberman and Hyde Park senior VP Todd Lieberman will produce. Pic is expected to begin lensing before the end of the year.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Hyde Park on board here,” said Dick Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group. “David and Ashok are smart and well-seasoned producers who know how to make great movies.”
Added Nina Jacobson, prexy of Vista Motion Pictures Group: ” ‘Goodbye Hello’, ‘In the Houze’ and ‘Personal Injuries’ are three very different, although equally exciting, projects for us — with terrific talent. They are excellent additions to our live-action lineup.”
Building on relationships
Hoberman, a former president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group, said the deal would allow the company to build on his 15-year relationship with the studio.
Added Amritraj, “Being in business with high-quality projects and filmmakers such as Brad Silberling and Dustin Hoffman is what Hyde Park is all about.”Hyde Park’s “Bandits,” directed by Barry Levinson and starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett, will be released today by MGM.