'Bones' tops slate of restructured co.

The restructured FilmFour has unveiled its first development slate, headed by Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s bestseller “The Lovely Bones.”

Ramsay and her cowriter Liana Dognini aredue to deliver the first draft of their screenplay in the next few days, after which FilmFour will take it out to potential co-financiers in the coming weeks

This is one of four projects previously in development at the old Film-Four company that are now being pushed forwardby the new regime under topper Tessa Ross.

“El Bulto” is a comedy written by Dan Mazer (cowriter of “Ali G Indahouse”)about a rock dinosaurwho wakes from a 20-year coma to find the world much changed.Toby Young is working on an adaptation of his own book”How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,– a comic account of his failure to hack it in New York’s glossy magazine scene.

Award-winning doc-maker Dan Reed is making his feature debut with “Straightheads,” a tale of greed and revenge.

The list of wholly new projects initiated by the Ross regime includes an adaptation of David Flusfeder’s novel “The Gift”from producer Steve Woolley. It’s about two wealthy couples who compete to outdo each other in mutual present-giving.

Simon Burke is penning an adaptation of Jake Arnott’s London crime novel “He Kills Coppers” for producer Nik Powell.

Writer-director Penny Woolcock will direct gambling drama “Twist” for Company Pictures.FilmFour already has one pic in production — an untitled Shane Meadows movie starring Paddy Considine

Exciting ventures

It’s fantastic to have started to invest in these exciting ventures and to be working with the great British talent that is out there, directing, writing and producing,” Ross says. “These projects will start to define the range and quality of talent we hope to be working with in the future.”

FilmFour plans to produce six to eight films a year, with a total investment of $16 million. It will focus on nurturing emerging talent.The unit has also renewed its consultancy relationship with former Universal exec Grame Mason, who is ad-vising on financing and distribution issues.

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