British producer Robert Watts, who worked on the “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” trilogies, is developing a pair of movies, Variety has learned exclusively.
Watts is teaming with Italian songwriter Mauro Repetto and French writer Typhanie Soulat on the live-action/animated romantic comedy “Miranda” and psychological thriller “5, 6, 7, 8.” Real Big Hits is the exclusive worldwide sales and distribution agent.
“Miranda” centers on an unborn baby who — with the help of angels — battles witches to ensure that her future parents find each other, fall in love and bring her to life. The film blends traditional animation, computer animation and live action. Repetto, founder of the pop group 883, is writing the script with Soulat. The duo is also writing the soundtrack.
“5, 6, 7, 8” centers on a sociable marketing executive who’s leading a double life as a kidnapper of young women to create a human keyboard that will perform the titular song with a dance routine.
Watts’ career began in the 1960s as a production manager and location manager on “Darling,” starring Julie Christie; the James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice”; and on Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” He was employed by producer Gary Kurtz as production supervisor on 1977’s “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” and worked as associate producer on “The Empire Strikes Back” and co-producer on “Return of the Jedi.”
He also worked as associate producer on “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and was a producer on “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” He worked on other Steven Spielberg-presented productions, including “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.”
Watts most recently worked on an untitled documentary about peace activist Garry Davis, directed by Arthur Kanegis.
Real Big Hits CEO Wendy Wang, said, “I am excited to represent legendary filmmaker Robert Watts working with a new generation of creative talent developing exciting new projects.”