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Solondz sets prod’n team

NEW YORK — Gotham-based independent production companies Good Machine and Killer Films, which have teamed on two films, will reunite to produce Todd Solondz’s untitled follow-up to his indie hit “Welcome to the Dollhouse.”

Ted Hope, who runs Good Machine with James Schamus, and Christine Vachon, who is a principal in Killer with Pam Koffler, will act as producers on the project, which is currently in development.

Good Machine and Killer collaborated in the past on Todd Haynes’ “Safe” and Cindy Sherman’s “Office Killer,” which will be released later this year by Miramax’s genre label, Dimension Films.

“I am very excited about working with Ted and Christine,” said Solondz. “I have admired their work for a long time.”

Solondz served as producer for “Dollhouse,” a dark comedy about a gawky adolescent girl that starred Heather Matarazzo and Brendan Sexton Jr. A Sony Pictures Classics release, “Dollhouse” grossed more than $5 million in North America. The pic, which cost less than $1 million, won the 1996 Grand Jury Prize in Sundance, as well as awards in Toronto, Berlin and Deauville.

When Solondz’s next film is completed, it will be placed with a distributor by Good Machine sales co-president David Linde, who recently joined the company from Miramax.

Along with Michael Nozik of South Fork Prods., Good Machine is currently producing Edward Burns’ third feature, “Long Time, Nothing New,” starring Lauren Holly. Filming is scheduled to begin in New York on April 10.

The company, which has a first-look deal with Fox, is currently in post-production with Ang Lee’s “The Ice Storm,” which will be released by Fox Searchlight. It recently premiered three films at the Sundance Film Festival — Bart Freundlich’s “The Myth of Fingerprints,” Hannah Weyer’s “Arresting Gena” and Frank Grow’s “Love God.”

Killer is currently producing Haynes’ “Velvet Goldmine” for Miramax in London.

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