Entera looking to fund ‘Men,’ ‘Kids’

New distrib co aiming for an 8 to 10 movie slate

New pan-Euro film distrib co Entera has unveiled the first two projects on which it is currently seeking finance.

Written by Ian Holt, the $13 million “Wanted Men” will topline Dr Dre (“Training Day,” “Set It Off”) and is produced by Boyce Harman (“Untamed Heart,” “Shakedown”).

“Wanted” is an action comedy about two janitors and wanna-be DJs, Dr. Wyde and Big Willy, who take over their radio station’s airwaves with the help of a 14-year-old intern and white rapper, called Mickey Mike.

Things go awry when the duo are accused of kidnapping Mickey.

Pic has a strong hip hop musical element and is squarely targetted at youth demos, Entera international production director Margaret Nicoll said at Cannes.

The second movie announced by Entera is the $4 million “West Texas Kids,” toplining Rory Culkin (“Signs”) and Hayden Panettiere (“Joe Somebody,” “Remember the Titans”).

A story-driven coming-of-age tale, written and directed by Brad Isaacs (“Eight Crazy Nights”) and produced by Polly Platt (“Broadcast News,” “Say Anything”), “West Texas Kids” focuses on two youngsters who leave their homes in Texas and travel across the U.S. in search of adventure.

Per Nicoll, Entera will shortly announce another two, more mainstream projects: a thriller and a star-driven drama.

Rather than acquiring projects, Entera aims to produce or co-finance the films it distribs.

Entera’s first year distrib slate will feature some eight to ten movies, including one-or-two European pics. Budgets currently range from $4 million to $16 million.

Launched last October by U.S. media entrepreneur Jeff Simmons with former Sony Pictures Intl. distrib exec Tony Manne serving as an advisor, Entera is currently tying down sub-distribution accords for collection and bookings in some of Europe’s big five territories of the U.K., France, Germany, Italy and Spain. It will handle P & A and marketing in all these territories.

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