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Serendipity brings life to ‘Splice’

'Cube' helmer Natali pacts with prod'n co.

Producer Robert Lantos and his Serendipity Point Films have pacted with writer-director Vincenzo Natali to produce and finance Natali’s second feature film, “Splice.”

Production is slated for a spring start.

Natali’s first film was the low-budget pic “Cube.” Shot for $300,000, “Cube” has grossed $10 million in France alone.

Written by Natali and Toinette Terry, “Splice” is a postmodern thriller set in the world of genetic research that revolved around two romantically linked researchers who experiment with crossbreeding between species.

Before forming his company, Lantos produced Atom Egoyan’s “The Sweet Hereafter,” David Cronenberg’s “Crash” and Bruce Beresford’s “Black Robe.” He is the founder and former chief exec of Alliance Communications.

In September 1998, Lantos merged Alliance with Atlantis to form Alliance Atlantis Communications and concurrently left to launch Serendipity. Alliance Atlantis provides production financing to Serendipity in return for distribution rights.

Serendipity’s first film was David Cronenberg’s “eXistenZ,” starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law and Willem Dafoe.

Currently in production for the Toronto- and Los Angeles-based company is helmer Denys Arcand’s “15 Moments,” starring Jessica Pare, Thomas Gibson, Dan Aykroyd, Frank Langella and Charles Berlin.

Another project from the year-old company is Istvan Szabo’s “A Taste of Sunshine,” with a cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz and William Hurt.

Serendipity also is developing projects with Cronenberg, Egoyan, Costa-Gavras and Roman Polanski.