Billy Zane works on ‘Photismos’

Project to shoot on Paros next year

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Actor, producer and director Billy Zane is to produce and direct a co-production with Greek partners of a script he wrote on the island of Paros.

Zane said the project — working title “Photismos,” which means illumination — would reflect his Greek heritage.

Zane, who is in Kazakhstan as chairman of the international jury at the 6th Eurasia Intl. Film Festival, said he is keen to continue working on projects that expand and deepen his artistic experience.

For years typecast by Hollywood as a villain after his first break in 1985 in “Back to the Future,” where he played Match, one of Biff’s thugs, Zane also played the villainous Cal Hockley opposite Kate Winslett in “Titanic” in 1997. In more recent years, he has expanded his repertoire and six years ago made his directorial debut with romcom “Big Kiss.”

His new project — which he expects to start shooting on Paros early next year — is about the relationship between a young man and his uncle and will touch on “philosophy, theology, Pythagoras’ theories, geometry….and Frisbees,” Zane said in Almaty, Tuesday.

The budget for the movie is in the region of $2 million and Zane is currently in negotiations with producers in Greece before finalizing financial and production details.

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