Sandstorm, Ship sail with co-prod’n

U.K. helmer English makes his feature debut on project

BERLIN — Partnering for the first time, Sandstorm Films and Studio Hamburg Intl. Prod. (Ship) will co-produce “Hellion,” a $12 million supernatural horror-thriller.

Lakeshore Intl. is handling international distribution.

U.K. helmer Keith English will make his feature directorial debut on the project, about a writer living in New York who returns to the small town where he grew up in southern England. He’s forced to confront his family’s wicked past and the town’s ancient evil after ridiculing the region’s Celtic lore in his bestselling novel.

Pic will lense this summer at Studio Hamburg’s Studio Berlin and on location in and around Cornwall.

Pic will be financed through German regional subsidies, private investment and German pre-sale, according to Ship head of production Stuart Pollok. London-based Silverlight Media, headed by producer David Marlow, also is aboard as co-producer.

Sandstorm partner Scott Einbinder, Pollok, Marlow, Sandstorm’s Carol Kottenbrook and Studio Hamburg’s Malte Grunert will serve as producers; Studio Hamburg CEO Sytze van der Laan, Sandstorm’s Joe Cardone and Phil Fier, who is overseeing the financing of the project, exec produce.

‘Good’ project

Ship also is co-producing Danish director Lone Scherfig’s “Good,” a bigscreen adaptation of C.P. Taylor’s play about an otherwise moral professor who unwittingly becomes the author of the Third Reich’s Final Solution.

French sales company Celluloid Dreams has picked up international rights to the pic, set to shoot in Berlin this summer. The U.K.’s Tailor-Made Films and Axiom Films are co-producing.

Ship has finished principal photography on “The Conclave,” a 15th century thriller about the Borgia family, and is producing teen mystery “The Three Investigators” this summer.

Sandstorm is producing urban thriller “The Velvet Side of Hell” in Budapest, where it is tapping Hungary’s new tax rebate scheme.

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