HOLLYWOOD — Halfway through its 10-pic distribution and financing arrangement with Millennium Films, Emmett/Furla Films has reupped for an additional five pictures. The alliance also has given a greenlight to romantic drama “Rialto” starring Susan Sarandon.
Lizzie Borden (“Working Girls”) will direct “Rialto,” which is slated for a June start. Pic was written by Borden, Steven Glantz and Lennie Bleecher and is based on a story by Christian Blackwood and Borden.
Emmett and Furla will produce with Nightrain Pictures’ Rudy Langlais (“The Hurricane”) and Jeremiah Chechik (“Benny and Joon”). Mercy Santos will co-produce.
Emmett/Furla and Millennium just went into production on the alliance’s fourth picture, “Try 17,” directed by Jeffrey Porter from a screenplay by Charles Kephart. Pic stars Elijah Wood, Franka Potente and Mandy Moore. Randall Emmett, George Furla, Mike Elliott, Michele Weisler and Holly Weirsma produce.
Getting into ‘Hunt’
Also upcoming is action pic “Gentlemen of the Hunt,” slated for a July start under the direction of Peter “Gaga” Antonijevic.
Previous titles made under the alliance were “Ticker,” “Behind the Badge” and “Run for the Money.”
“We plan to make a minimum of six movies this year,” Furla said.
Emmett added, “While we’re still going to be doing films in the $10 million-$15 million range, we’re also moving into higher-budget, high-concept pictures.”
Outside of their arrangement with Millennium Films, Emmett/Furla has an equity stake in the upcoming “Narc” starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric. They also are exec producers on Steven Seagal starrer “Half Past Dead” for Screen Gems.
Emmett/Furla also is in pre-production on two big-budget titles with Splendid Films. Stacy Title will direct “Dolan’s Cadillac,” while “Bounty Killer” will be helmed by Jonathan Hensleigh and produced with Gale Anne Hurd.