Essential Ent. announces deals

Co. boards 'Solomon,' 'Flood'

Essential Entertainment, the new sales outfit fronted by Jere Hausfater and John Fremes, has unveiled its first pics since being formed last month with a large slug of venture capital coin.

Company has boarded two pictures from Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films and will handle world rights outside North America. Pics are epic adventure “Solomon Kane” and action-thriller “Killing Suki Flood.”

“Solomon” is an adaptation of a Robert E. Howard comic book about a man fighting to retrieve his soul from the devil he sold it to. Pic will be helmed by Michael Bassett (“Deathwatch”), with a Prague shoot skedded to begin in May. Hadida and Wandering Star boss Paul Berrew produce.

“Flood” is to be helmed by former commercials and “Michel Vaillant” director Louis-Pascal Couvelaire from a screenplay by Katherine Tomlinson that is adapted from Robert Leininger’s New Mexico-set novel.

Essential, which is chaired by equity finance maven Jim Kohlberg, will arrange production finance, consult with financiers and build a slate of third-party and in-house movies for global sales, distribution and marketing.

Paris-based Davis has recently produced Tony Scott-helmed “Domino” and Christophe Gans’ “Silent Hill.”

Essential CEO Hausfater has worked at Disney, Intermedia and Miramax.

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