Partners plan three to four films over next two years
SITGES, Spain — Yan Fisher-Romanovsky and Thomas C. Dunn’s Los Angeles-based Dream 7 has struck a production partnership with Barcelona-based Zip Films, headed by Jordi Rediu and Norbert Llaras.Following the partners’ first co-production, “The Ungodly,” a serial-killer thriller starring Wes Bentley, Dream 7 and Zip plan to co-produce three to four films over the next two years. Candidates for co-production include Dunn’s second film, “Grave Depravity,” and an Israeli co-financed, Eastern Europe-set adaptation of an Isaac Bashevis Singer short story, “Two.” First production to get the go-ahead will be decided after Zip co-CEO Rediu visits Los Angeles next month. Deal’s logic sees Dream 7 and Zip combining private equity from the U.S. with public coin tapped by Zip from Catalan film boards and financing entities. A third crucial element to recoup will be foreign sales. “Ungodly,” screening at the Sitges Film Festival of Catalonia, is repped for distribution by Glen Reynolds. In an unrelated move, Zip is advancing on the next films by Jo Sol and Ramon Termens, whose respective “The Taxi Thief” and “Youth” established Zip as one of Barcelona’s edgier young shingles. Sol is writing “El Buda de las barricadas” (Buddha at the Barricades), about a European Buddhist monk caught up in antiglobalization riots. Termens’ “Negro, Buenos Aires,” which turns on a Spaniard in the Argentine capital at the height of the run on its banks, will shoot in the second half of next year, Rediu said.