Apostle, Spanky lasso $ to put ‘Noose’ on Demme

NEW YORK — Ted Demme and Joel Stillerman’s Spanky Pictures and Denis Leary and Jim Serpico’s Apostle Films have teamed to independently produce “Noose,” a gritty Irish-American drama slated to begin lensing in Boston on April 14.

Leary co-wrote “Noose” with Mike Armstrong and leads an ensemble cast that includes Kelly Lynch, Ian Hart, Colm Meaney, Billy Crudup and Billy Zane.

Demme is directing and will produce along with Stillerman, Serpico, Elie Samaha and Nicolas Clermont. Phoenician Films and Filmline Intl. are financing the pic, which has a budget of less than $4 million.

“It took us almost four years to raise money from investors who would give us 100% creative control, but we finally did it,” Demme told Daily Variety.

The partnership between Leary and Demme dates back to their work together on Leary’s MTV spots. The two became friends and Leary asked Demme to helm his successful “No Cure for Cancer” special. Demme then directed Leary in the comedy “The Ref,” which also starred Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis.

In addition to “Noose,” Spanky and Apostle are collaborating on a project called “Blow,” which is set up at New Line Cinema.

CAA’s Joe Rosenberg and Gotham attorney John Sloss represent Spanky Pictures. Apostle is repped by UTA.

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