Framewerk builds on pic network

New group has 'Chinaman's Chance' with 'Mr. Smith'

CANNES — Framewerk, the Munich-based production company set up by Das Werk co-founder Stefan Jonas, has acquired stakes in Josef Rusnak’s Screencraft Entertainment and Canada’s Silhouette Media Group (SMG). Framewerk has taken 25% in both entities.

Together with Framewerk and the L.A.-based sales and production entity 310 Entertainment, companies form a new production and sales group, Framewerk Network, which is in the process of setting up a $100 million film fund to back its growing raft of productions.

Currently, five features are in the works including:

  • The $40 million P.J. Pesce feature “Chinaman’s Chance,” an action-adventure pic about three Chinese railroad workers, highly skilled in martial arts, battling corruption and prejudice as they set out to strike gold in California. Pic is to be produced by Midge Sanford and Sarah Pillsbury. No cast is yet attached.

  • Josef Rusnak (“The Thirteenth Floor”) is set to direct suspense thriller “The Price.” Budgeted at $22 million, film is about a working-class man asked by a billionaire what he would ask to kill a man. Things turn serious when $10 million is transferred into his bank account.

  • Screencraft is developing action-thriller “Mr. Smith” to be produced by Brad Michael Gilbert (“South Central Park”).

  • “The Cleaners” is a $3.5 million feature from 310 to be directed by and star Lou Diamond Phillips.

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