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Gordon near 3-year Col prod’n deal

Producer's projects '911,' 'Apostle' already in the works

Mark Gordon is close to signing a three-year first-look production pact with Columbia Pictures.

Gordon’s shingle had been based at 20th Century Fox since October 2001.

Japanese exhibitor/distributor Toho-Towa will finance overhead at the Mark Gordon Co. in exchange for Japanese distrib rights.

The producer already has several projects set up at Col, including emergency operator thriller “911,” Paul Walker starrer “The Last Apostle,” vidgame adaptation “Return to Castle Wolfenstein,” “Sherlock Holmes and the Vengeance of Dracula” and an untitled project by “Saving Private Ryan” scribe Robert Rodat.

“I have had a wonderful experience working with the creative team at Sony Pictures,” Gordon said. “They have great taste in material, and their strength in worldwide marketing and distribution is unparalleled.”

Col prexy Peter Schlessel said, “Mark is a prolific, commercial filmmaker who is already developing a number of projects for the studio. (Col production co-presidents) Matt Tolmach, Doug Belgrad and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the potential for making great films together.”

Gordon is also a partner with real estate mogul Bob Yari in Stratus Film, which has a first-look deal with Universal and Focus Features.

That deal, though, is more of a financing pact, while Gordon will continue to develop and produce his own material under his personal banner.

At Fox, Gordon produced global-warming actioner “The Day After Tomorrow,” due out next May.

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