Theater’s Epstein grows celluloid arm

Roughly $2 mil raised for co.'s first 2-3 years

NEW YORK — With a little help from seven unidentified private investors, theater producer Adam Epstein is moving into feature film production via his newly formed Bonmark Entertainment shingle.

Epstein recently received a Tony nomination for his third producing effort, a Broadway revival of Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus.”

“I really want to operate in both worlds,” said Epstein, who has raised roughly $2 million for film development for his company’s first two to three years of operation.

Epstein, 26, added: “First and foremost, I want to be a place where young filmmakers can come and where work can be developed. But our exclusive focus won’t be on projects that come from the theater.”

Epstein said he first will target optioning and developing properties, hoping to pick up some seven scripts a year and eventually make two to three pics annually, with budgets ranging from $500,000 to $5 million.

His lean operation will be run by the shingle’s exec veep, David Title, who most recently served as head of acquisitions and development for Unapix Entertainment.

Epstein produced the Los Angeles production of “Amadeus” and co-produced the play’s London incarnation at the Old Vic. In 1998, Epstein was associate producer on the Tony Award-winning production of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge.” Last fall, he brought the play “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” to the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston, where it is still playing.

Epstein, via his Adam Epstein Co. shingle (which focuses on legit), is a producer of the Broadway musical version of the John Waters pic “Hairspray.” Musical, directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall with music penned by Marc Shaiman, is expected to open in the fall.

Epstein began his legit career when he was hired by the Producers’ Circle to help raise money for Cy Coleman’s Broadway musical “The Life.”