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DNA gets greenlight for lottery pic pair

Weisz, Lynch topline 'Creatures'; Hart taking on 'Sinatra'

LONDON — U.K. lottery franchise DNA Films has greenlit its first two movies, with Rachel Weisz and Susan Lynch to star in “Creatures” and Ian Hart toplining “Strictly Sinatra.”

Both films will start shooting next month in Scotland. Both pics are each budgeted around $7 million and will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures Intl.

“Creatures” is a thriller about two women thrown together by the violence of their boyfriends. Pic will be directed by first-timer Bill Eagles from a script by Simon Donald (“The Life of Stuff”). Donald and Willy Wands will produce.

“Strictly Sinatra” is a musical love story, about a small-time Scottish singer who falls in with some local gangsters in the hope that they will make him their very own Frank Sinatra. It’s written and directed by Peter Capaldi and produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts.

DNA Films, a partnership between producers Duncan Kenworthy (“Notting Hill”) and Andrew Macdonald (“Trainspotting”), is the last of the U.K.’s three lottery franchises to start production.

DNA has access to around $46 million in lottery coin over six years to co-finance its movies, with the rest of the money coming from a worldwide output deal with UPI.

The delay in starting production is due partly to the fact that Kenworthy and Macdonald have both been working on other projects (“Notting Hill” and “The Beach,” respectively).