Teuton coin for H’wood

VIP to back 5 H'wood pix

BERLIN — Teutonic film financier VIP will back five Hollywood projects, including two pics from the company’s deal with Roland Emmerich, through its $500 million VIP 4 fund.

VIP is backing Steven Zaillian’s “All the King’s Men”; Bruce Beresford’s “The Contract”; Paul McGuigan’s “Lucky Number Slevin”; and, from Emmerich and Ossi von Richthofen’s Munich-based Reelmachine, “The Girls Next Door” and “Soul of the Age.”

VIP is providing the lion’s share of the $74 million budget for “All the King’s Men.” Based on the novel by Robert Penn Warren, pic is a loosely fictionalized version of the story of Gov. Huey Long of Louisiana.

Mike Medavoy is producing “All the King’s Men,” which stars Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Anthony Hopkins. Sony Pictures Entertainment is releasing the pic Stateside.

VIP fully financed “The Contract,” a $37 million thriller about a family outing that turns deadly when a grandfather, son and grandson stumble across the path of a hired killer. Avi Lerner is producing the pic, which will shoot in March with Morgan Freeman. Lerner’s Millennium Films is handling distribution.

The Teutonic fund is completely bankrolling “Lucky Number Slevin.” Budgeted at $30 million, pic stars Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley. Tale of revenge follows a man’s efforts to liquidate the two mob bosses responsible for his father’s murder. The U.K.’s Capitol Films is handling worldwide rights.

Likewise, VIP will provide 100% financing for “The Girls Next Door” and “The Soul of the Age,” which Emmerich is to direct.

Pics are the first in a growing slate at VIP.

VIP topper Andreas Schmidt attributed the fund’s success to the company’s proven track record, including recent hits like “Monster” and “Kingdom in Twilight,” a two-part fantasy tale based on “The Ring of the Nibelung” saga that was a ratings winner for local broadcaster Sat. 1.

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