'Re-Animator' director deals with Komodo Film

Fantasy filmmaker Brian Yuzna (“Re-Animator,” “Dagon”) will produce a trio of 3-D movies made in Indonesia.

Slate is the one of the first initiatives from Komodo Film, a new Jakarta-based production shingle owned by Yuzna, former A Film topper San Fu Maltha (“Black Book”) and Indonesian distributor Queen Imperial Films. New company is partnered with the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

First up on the 3-D roster is “Amphibious,” a thriller about a giant sea scorpion that Yuzna will direct from a script he penned with John Penney. Pic will be co-produced by Infinite Frameworks of Singapore. Shooting is slated to begin in March on Batam Island.

Next will be “Necronauts,” a journey into the realm of death written by novelist Terry Bisson. Pic will be helmed by “Lawnmower Man” and “Virtuosity” director Brett Leonard, who has also directed two Imax 3-D movies.

Richard Stanley (“Hardware,” “Dust Devil”) helms the third project, “Cold Blooded,” a survival story penned by Rob Wiser about vacationing Americans stranded on an island where they must combat man-eating komodo dragons. 

All three will shoot in English, with low budgets made possible by use of mixed crews comprising international heads of department and local tech staff and talent; Yuzna established a fantasy film base in Spain using a similar approach. Post-production and 3-D work will be conducted in Singapore and underwritten by the MDA and Singapore Film Commission.

The 3-D format “is the future, not only for exhibitors, but also for producers and distributors, and is the only real growth segment these days,” says Maltha.

“Application of technology has always been a strength of Singapore, and we aim to make Singapore a hub for 3-D filmmaking in the region, perhaps the world,” says MDA chief Kenneth Tan. “We will be making a financial injection into the Komodo initiative.”

“The technology these days is finally ready in a way that allows filmmakers to be fantastically creative and flexible and really has little to do with budgets,” Leonard told Variety.

Sales on all Komodo 3-D pics will be handled by Halcyon Films.

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