Duo warming to ‘Burn’

GreeneStreet, Kimmel to co-finance thriller

GreeneStreet Films and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will co-finance Wayne Beach’s “Slow Burn,” a contemporary thriller to star Ray Liotta and LL Cool J and be co-produced by the backers with Bonnie Timmermann Prods.

GreeneStreet founding partner John Penotti will produce with Kimmel, Timmermann and GreeneStreet head of production Tim Williams. Exec producers will be Penotti’s co-founding partner Fisher Stevens and Longfellow Pictures’ Andy Karsch. Liotta will serve as co-executive producer.

First-time director Beach recently completed scripting “Ten Good Men” for Wolfgang Petersen’s Radiant Films.

Based on a story by Beach and Anthony Walton and scripted by the helmer, “Slow Burn” concerns a politically ambitious district attorney (Liotta) and a powerful gang leader (LL Cool J) in a 24-hour showdown, being manipulated by a beautiful assistant DA and an enigmatic stranger.

Timmermann brought the project to GreeneStreet. An established casting agent, she recently exec produced the Focus Features release “The Guys” and produced Paramount Classics’ “American Rhapsody.”

GreeneStreet last month came aboard to co-finance and exec produce Sally Potter’s “Yes.” The company is in readying Boaz Yakin’s “Uptown Girls” for release through MGM this summer.

Kimmel’s company recently produced Universal release “The Emperor’s Club” and was involved in the initial script acquisition of a number of key GreeneStreet projects, including “Uptown Girls,” “In the Bedroom,” “Pinero” and “Swimfan.”

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