Kismet Entertainment Group, the production shingle behind indie U.K. horror pic “Dog Soldiers,” is ramping up production on several new projects and developing a sequel to the scare pic.
Shingle is joining Seven Arts chief Peter Hoffman to co-produce “Stander,” about a band of South African bank robbers, and is involved in “Asylum” at Paramount Classics.
“Stander” is based on the true story of Andre Stander, whose gang of bank robbers, operating from three safe houses in Johannesburg, went on a spree from October 1983 to February 1984, sometimes hitting four banks in a day. The $15 million pic rolls into production in August, lensing in South Africa and Florida. Bronwen Hughes (“Harriet the Spy”) will direct from a screenplay by Bima Stagg. Thomas Jane toplines. Hoffman and Kismet CEO David E. Allen will produce.
The 1950s-set “Asylum,” based on the bestselling novel by Patrick McGrath, concerns a beautiful woman — the wife of one of the chief psychiatrists at a maximum-security mental hospital — who falls under the spell of a charismatic artist/patient.
Natasha Richardson stars as the wife, with production set for early 2003 in Ireland. David Mackenzie (“Young Adam”) will direct from Patrick Marber’s screenplay. Mace Neufeld is producing the pic; Kismet’s David E. Allen and Harmon Kaslow will also having producing roles.
Kismet and Seven Arts recently teamed up on the Samuel L. Jackson drama “No Good Deed.”
Kismet was represented by VP of business affairs Stephen Zager, and Hoffman represented Seven Arts.