LONDON — HAL Films, the London-based production company backed by Miramax, has unveiled its first three projects, including two original contempo comedies and one period adaptation of a literary classic.
Two of the films, a version of Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park” and the Irish comedy “All About Adam,” are co-productions with BBC Films, and were already in development with Miramax prior to the formation of HAL.
The third pic, “Elephant Juice,” is the first project to be brought on board by the HAL partners David Aukin, Trea Hoving and Colin Leventhal, and the only one to be fully financed by the company.
All three films will shoot this summer, with worldwide distribution to be handled by Miramax.
“Mansfield Park” is adapted and will be directed by Patricia Rozema (“I Heard the Mermaids Singing”). “Many people have tried to adapt the novel before, but without real success,” said Aukin in a statement.
“It was Harvey Weinstein who had the inspired idea of approaching Patricia Rozema, and she has come up with a wonderfully imaginative new approach to the novel.”
“All About Adam” is an Irish comedy by writer-director Gerry Stembridge (“Guilttrip”). It’s the story of an enigmatic young man and his increasingly bizarre relationship with a Dublin family of three sisters, a brother and a mother. It will be produced by Anna Devlin and Marina Hughes of Venus Film and TV Prods., with backing from the Irish Film Board.
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“Elephant Juice” is written by Amy Jenkins and will be directed by Sam Miller (“Among Giants”), who first worked together on the cult TV series “This Life,” which dissected the mores of London twentysomethings. “Elephant Juice” also revolves around the lives and loves of a group of friends living in London.
HAL Films was created at the beginning of this year as a joint venture between Miramax, former Channel 4 execs Aukin and Leventhal, and ex-Miramax staffer Trea Hoving. Miramax is providing a revolving $50 million production fund, and an initial $3 million development fund.
“Our first slate of productions reflects perfectly the broad range of subject matter, setting and tone that we want to achieve with HAL productions,” Hoving said.