Overture secures Bender thrillers

Film unit sets up 'Skypath,' 'Outside'

Overture Films has set up a pair of thrillers, “Skypath” and “Outside,” with Lawrence Bender Prods. (“An Inconvenient Truth”).

Deals are the first set of projects under Bender’s two-year, first-look deal at Overture.

“Skypath,” penned by Tony Jaswinski (“Killing Time”), centers on an ex-military airman making a cross-country flight in his Cessna aircraft who finds he is being pursued and terrorized by the pilot of a mysterious plane.

“Outside,” a supernatural thriller from Ronnie Christensen (“Passengers”), follows the paranormal events that occur when a broken family takes up residence in a new house that contains the gateway to a past dimension. Lee Clay (“The Chumscrubber”) is producing.

Bender’s credits include “Pulp Fiction,” “Reservoir Dogs,” the “Kill Bill” series and “Good Will Hunting.”

Overture, a division of John Malone’s Starz, began operations last fall under Chris McGurk and Danny Rossett with plans for an annual slate of eight to 12 productions and acquisitions with budgets in the $30 million and under range.

It recently greenlit its sixth film — espionage thriller “Traitor,” starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce and set to shoot next month. It is starting lensing next month on police thriller “Righteous Kill” with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, followed by romancer “Last Chance Harvey” in London in October with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.

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