Leader readies film slate

'Bedroom' producer hangs shingle

A correction was made to this article on Oct. 11, 2006

NEW YORK — “In the Bedroom” producer Graham Leader is starting his own shingle and has put seven projects on his development slate.

Company, dubbed Granite Films, will finance and produce one or two movies per year in what Leader calls “literary” and “character-driven” genres. Pics generally will carry budgets of less than $10 million.

First film is the Barbara Hershey starrer “Childless,” which just wrapped shooting last week. Pic, which also stars Joe Mantegna, concerns several characters who come together at a teenager’s funeral. Charlie Levi directed from his own script.

Other projects on the development slate include drama “Living Conditions,” which “Ray” helmer Taylor Hackford is co-producing; Hollywood satire “Apollo at Sunset”; and Vietnam-era love story “Tinian,” which Leader is co-penning with Levi from Charlie Smith’s novellas.

Producer has attracted a number of equity investors to the company; he also may seek third-party financing for individual pics on the slate.

“The idea is to build a company rather than just go out and try to produce films on a piecemeal basis,” he said. “It’s more of a hedge-fund model.”

Leader-produced “In the Bedroom” was adapted from the Andre Dubus short story “Killings”; many of the Granite projects will be based on tomes, Leader said.

Leader’s other credits include the Channel 4 film “Shuttlecock” in the U.K.

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