Investments include 'Cake,' starring Jennifer Aniston, and 'Bus 657,' starring Robert De Niro
LONDON — U.K.-based production and film financing company the Fyzz Facility is to open a Los Angeles office in the same month as it celebrates closing its 50th feature film investment.
The company, which is owned and managed by producers Wayne Marc Godfrey (“The Survivalist,” “Cake,” “Bus 657”) and Robert Jones (“The Usual Suspects,” “Babylon,” “Gosford Park”), has invested almost $40 million across 50 feature films since 2010.
The expansion to Los Angeles reflects its involvement in an increasing number of U.S. projects, and its desire to consolidate existing relationships and develop new partnerships on a global scale, it said.
Godfrey said: “Whilst we continue to support British films and help nurture British talent, an expansion to the U.S. has become a necessary next step for us, considering the importance Hollywood has on the global film business. Robert and I are excited to join the filmmaking community in L.A., and hope our track record for being filmmaker friendly, delivering on promises and being one of the fastest closers in the business will make us a welcome addition.”
Jones said: “At heart and in practice we are film producers, so we’ll continue to approach each project with due regard to the challenges involved in bringing a project from script to screen, as well as the responsibility and diligence that goes with any decision to invest.”
Amongst the 50 productions and investments to date, highlights include “London Fields,” based on Martin Amis’ bestseller and starring Amber Heard and Billy Bob Thornton, “Cake,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick and Sam Worthington, comedy “The Hooligan Factory” from Nick Nevern and Jason Maza, and “The Prince,” starring Bruce Willis and John Cusack.
Forthcoming films include the Hollywood Blacklist featured “The Survivalist” from hotly tipped writer/director Stephen Fingleton, “Vice,” a sci-fi, futuristic thriller starring Bruce Willis, and Martin Scorsese’s historical thriller “Silence,” which is set to star Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield.
Most recently, the company has part-funded the Kurt Russell cowboy epic “Bone Tomahawk,” along with “Bus 657,” starring Robert De Niro. In late 2014, TFF heads into production with psychological thriller, “A Patch of Fog,” and is in development on the thriller “The Chinaman,” adapted from the best-selling novel by established screenwriter David Marconi.