Snapper, 2 Drivers unite

Duo to co-produce English-language feature films in Europe

Snapper Films, the New York and Helsinki-based production entity headed by Juha Wuolijoki, and Minnie Driver’s production shingle Two Drivers Prods., have formed an alliance to co-produce English-language feature films in Europe.

The pact is aimed at developing and producing feature films budgeted under the $10 million, with the first two projects expected to be “Luci’s Prayer,” a horror/thriller written by Rick Ramage (“Stigmata”); and “Independent,” a period drama written by Bronwen Denton-Davis.

“Prayer,” set in the bayous of Louisiana, will star Driver in is the story of a woman who must face her voodoo heritage when her dying son is healed by a mysterious stranger. Driver will also produce with her sister Kate Driver and producer Lisa Fielding, who are teamed with the actress at Two Drivers.

Driver will also star in “Independent,” the story of American ex-pat Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. Pic will be directed by Peter Markham.

“We are proud to be working with Minnie Driver, Lisa Fielding and Kate Driver,” says Wuolijoki. “Their vision and energy in developing and producing projects is outstanding. An alliance with Two Drivers helps us expand our relationships on the West Coast and in the U.K. We hope to produce a great deal of projects with Two Drivers in the years to come.”

Fielding and Driver add: “Based on our access to great material and the huge demand for quality films in the European marketplace budgeted under $10 million, we needed a partner with direct ties to European financing sources. Snapper demonstrated its ability to identify and secure sources of European financing so we are thrilled to have forged an alliance.”

Snapper’s other development projects include an English-language remake of the hit Finnish film “Akkaudella, Maire” and a film adaptation of the play “A Perfect Ganesh” by Tony award-winning playwright Terrence McNally.

Two Drivers are also developing “The Villa Golitsyn” for Roland Joffe to direct based on Pers Paul Read’s novel, an adaptation of “The Petting Zoo,” by writer/director Richard Kramer for Richard Pearce to direct and “A Gifted Man” for Simon Wincer to direct.