'Byron,' 'Outraged' also good to go
Belgian producer Paul Breuls’ production and financing outfit Corsan Prods. has greenlit Nicholas Meyer’s (HBO’s “Vendetta”) $20 million feature “Spoils,” which Meyer co-wrote with Ron Roose (“Collateral Damage”). Bruce Greenwood and Linda Fiorentino are in negotiations to star.Corsan has also greenlit the biopic “Byron,” which will be helmed by John Irvin, as well as “Outraged,” from writer-director Douglas Day Stewart. Breuls plans to put all three projects into production by the end of this year. Based on a true story, “Spoils” concerns one of the biggest jewel thefts in history that took place at the end of WWII when two renegade American army officers stumbled upon a princess’ jewels in an abandoned German castle. Pic is set to begin shooting July 10 in Luxembourg, Germany and Toronto. “Byron” is the story of 19th century Romantic poet Lord Byron. Irvin (“City of Industry”) is in negotiations to direct from a script by Jody Ann Johnson. “Outraged” is based on the true story of Third World street kids in Guatemala City. Stewart (“An Officer and a Gentleman”) is in negotiations to direct from his own script. Corsan will split six employees between offices in Brussels and Los Angeles. With a $4 million development fund, production coin from a Brussels-based revolving credit facility and talent and locations from outside the U.S., Breuls believes Corsan’s production plans will be unaffected by any potential strikes. A former entertainment attorney with experience in European tax structures, Breuls originally launched the Corsan name a decade ago, partially financing “Eline Vere” and wholly financing “Sacrament,” both in 1991. Corsan also backed the 1993 “Anchoress,” 1995’s “Suite 16” and 1999’s “Shades.” Unlike previous outings, however, Corsan’s new slate represents films shot entirely in English. Meyer, Roose and Fiorentino are repped by the William Morris Agency. Irvin is repped by ICM. Stewart is repped by Infinity Management Intl. Greenwood is repped by the Gersh Agency.