CANNES — Former Trimark Pictures founder, chairman and CEO Mark Amin has launched Sobini Films, a production shingle designed to independently finance and produce specialized and mainstream pics. Outfit has a first-look deal with Lions Gate Entertainment.
Spearheading Sobini with Amin is Robin Schorr, who will serve as president of production. Outfit plans to produce four to six films a year and will independently fund development, production and packaging of its projects.
Sobini’s first project is an adaptation of Dan Millman’s “Way of the Peaceful Warrior,” which follows the spiritual journey of an Olympic hopeful whose life is changed by a chance encounter. Kevin Bernhardt adapted the novel.
Company, whose moniker is an amalgamation of the names of Amin’s three children, also plans to package Alex Rios’ thriller “Dog in the Night,” to be produced by Outlaw Prods.’ Bobby Newmyer and Scott Strauss.
“The autonomy of Sobini affords us the rare opportunity to collaborate with proven artists while discovering and nurturing new voices,” Amin said. “I am delighted to have Robin by my side to build this new company.”
Schorr joined Trimark in 1998 as head of production. She most recently oversaw Bill Paxton’s directorial debut, “Frailty,” which stars Paxton and Matthew McConaughey. Pic will be released by Lions Gate this fall.
“We look forward to producing a variety of movies, from cutting-edge specialized films to quality mainstream movies,” Schorr said.
Amin negotiated the merger of Trimark Holdings with Lions Gate last year and remains involved in Lions Gates’ day-to-day operations as vice chairman, board member and one of the company’s largest shareholders.
Amin also launched Internet exhibition venue Cinemanow.com in 1999.
Schorr previously worked at Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall’s Kennedy/Marshall as senior VP of development, where she oversaw all creative development for the company including M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Sixth Sense” and Scott Elliott’s “A Map of the World.”
Schorr also was VP production at Laurence Mark Prods., where her projects included Cameron Crowe’s “Jerry Maguire,” and she produced “Under Heaven,” which starred Joely Richardson and Molly Parker.