Dance, Lee draw ‘Blood’

NEW YORK — Charles Dance and Sheryl Lee will star in “The Blood Oranges,” the film adaptation of the John Hawkes novel that is the latest project of the husband-and-wife team Philip and Belinda Haas (“Angels & In-sects”).

Dance, who starred in the miniseries “The Jewel in the Crown,” has appeared in such films as Neil Jordan’s “Michael Collins” and Michael Radford’s “White Mischief.” Lee’s credits include the TV series “Twin Peaks” and the films “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and “Backbeat.”

Philip Haas will direct and Belinda Haas will edit the film that explores the sexual dynamics between two married couples in a hot coastal village in an unnamed Latin country. Reteaming with the Haases are DP Bernard Zitzer-mann (“La Ceremonie”), who worked with them on “Angels & Insects,” and costume designer Paul Brown, who will also handle production design for “The Blood Oranges.”

Pic, which is currently lensing in Mexico, is the first production of Ark Pictures, a partnership between Patricia Kluge, Gotham Entertainment Group and Kardana Films. Kluge capitalized Ark with a $10 million investment last summer. Gotham is run by former Miramax execs Joel Roodman and Patrick McDarrah. Kardana was founded by Tom Carouso and Barry Schindel.

Kardana’s Carouso will produce “The Blood Oranges,” along with Belinda and Philip Haas and their Mexican partner Hector Lopez. Chris Daniel of Gotham, Schindel, McDarrah and Roodman will share executive producer credit.

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