Senator, Gold ink on pix

Four-film deal starts with romantic comedy, thriller

L.A.-based Senator Intl. and Paul Brooks’ production-financing company Gold Circle Films have inked a four-pic co-financing deal.

The agreement kicks off at Cannes with Senator handling international sales on the first two films in the accord: romantic comedy “Something Borrowed” and supernatural thriller “White Noise.”

Michael Keaton is attached to star in “White Noise”; Gold Circle is in talks with Debra Messing to topline “Something Borrowed.”

Scripted by actress-turned-writer Diane Cox in her first screenplay effort, “Something Borrowed” focuses on a woman who hires a male-escort to pretend to be her boyfriend when she is forced to re-encounter her ex-fiance.

“White Noise” will initiate principal photography in August. Pic turns on a man who is contacted from beyond the grave by his murdered wife.

The first domestic theatrical release from Gold Circle Films, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” was the fifth highest-grossing film of 2002.

Film financing, production and distribution company Senator Intl. is handling international sales at Cannes on 18th century ensemble drama “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” starring Robert De Niro; “Lazarus Child” from Italy’s Eagle Pictures; Danny Leiner’s “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.” Also included are three pics from Ghost House Pics, its joint production venture with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert including “Boogeyman,” “The Grudge” and “30 Days of Night.”

“Joe and I are previous business partners and have been friends for a long time. We have been working for some time on putting together a co-financing agreement that I’m glad to say has finally come to fruition,” says Gold Circle Films prexy Brooks.

“It’s great to be back in business with Paul and Gold Circle. We have been working for some time on putting together a co-financing arrangement,” adds Joe Drake, president of Senator Intl.

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