Production partners Freddy Braidy and Francesco Juilland have launched an indie development and production company, Cameo FJ Entertainment, based in Hollywood.
Shingle aims to produce pics budgeted between $10 million and $30 million, with financing provided by international tax funds, pre-sales and gap-financing via European and Asian financing entities and co-productions.
It’s also putting together a significant film fund to help bankroll projects with producer-financer Roland Pellegrino and Michel Morales of Miromar Entertainment to raise up to e200 million ($237 million) and provide $35 million per picture where appropriate.
All the shingle’s pics will be sold internationally by Mobius, a new division of Ron Tudor and David Bergstein’s R2D2. It sells Franchise titles overseas with domestic distribution secured through Samaha’s deal with Warner Bros. for those pics budgeted over $20 million. Braidy is Samaha’s nephew and developed many pics for Franchise.
Juilland was a founder of film production and visual effects shingle Mediacube USA and is a former acquisitions exec at Eurostar Intl. and Green Communication.
First pics greenlit under new company are:
- “The World’s Fastest Indian,” an adventure saga based on the true story of Burt Monro, starring Anthony Hopkins. The New Zealander spent 40 years of his life building a 1920 Indian motorcycle, went to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and set the land speed world record in the 1970s with his creation. Pic will be produced by Braidy and Juilland with Gary Hannam and is skedded to start production in August in New Zealand and Mexico.
- “Victims,” a $15 million pic to be directed by Josef Rusnak (“The Thirteenth Floor”), starring Jesse Bradford, Bijou Phillips and Sienna Guillory. Pic is a psychological thriller about two college students who, as part of their fraternity initiation, face horrifying visions from the past.
Braidy and Juilland are producing with Tom Reeves and Romain Schroeder, Pete Maggi of Blue Star Movies and Michael Cowan. Moviemax will release pic in Italy. Production starts July 21 in Luxembourg, Rome and London.
Shingle also is developing “Mustang Sally,” a $22 million pic written and to be directed by Malcolm Clarke with Christian Duguay’s CD Films and Maggi’s Blue Star. Pic is a high-speed crime adventure about a woman kidnapped by bank robbers who becomes their getaway driver.
Other pics on the slate include “The Red Baron,” an epic love story to be directed by Nikolai Millerschon; and “Phoenix Dust,” a sci-fi actioner to be helmed by William Malone (“FeardotCom”).