First pic out 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'

Etchie Stroh’s Moonstone Entertainment has teamed with U.K. investment advisor shingle Sefton Potter to produce and co-finance six contemporary feature adaptations of thriller and horror classics.

First pic under the deal is Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” to be written and directed by Allan A. Goldstein.

The joint venture, tentatively named Curzon House of Horrors, aims to supply edgy pics for the youth audience.

“Dr. Jekyll” will be a Canadian-British-Luxembourg co-production and is slated to begin shooting in Europe in late summer. Producing is Charmaine Carvalho, partner in Goldstein’s Canadian production shingle, Danger Inc.

Other titles under the Curzon banner include “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Crime and Punishment,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “Dr. Faustus” and “The Toolbox Murders.” All six are skedded for completion within the next 18 months.

Moonstone recently announced an alliance with horror director Tobe Hooper to collaborate on the dark comedy “Planning Lawrence Fankhauser’s Death.”

Goldstein most recently directed the thriller “Dorian,” an adaptation of “The Portrait of Dorian Gray,” starring Malcolm McDowell and repped by Moonstone.

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