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Slate hopping with adaptations, HBO project

As a first-time producer, Michael Douglas won the best picture Oscar for 1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and is one of only two people — the other being Laurence Olivier — to have won both a best picture and a best actor Oscar. Since then, Douglas has produced close to 20 films.

Douglas’ current production company, Furthur Films, was founded in 1998 and is both a conduit for finding him desirable roles and an independent film production outlet.

Douglas says he’s always seen the importance of self-determination in his films. “It’s more important than ever before for an actor to maintain some development of projects,” he says. “It’s important for you to initiate your own stuff. Saying that, everything I’ve always done has been contemporary and we’ll continue to be selective and look for those movies that make it worthwhile to leave your two little kids and your wife,” he says and laughs. “Something that’s important and viable enough.”

In 2001, Furthur released its first films: The black comedy “One Night at McCool’s” starred Matt Dillon, Liv Tyler, John Goodman and Douglas as a sex-obsessed hitman. Thriller “Don’t Say a Word” was the company’s first film with Douglas in a lead role, as a psychologist who must save his kidnapped daughter by breaking the catatonic state of a young woman, played by Brittany Murphy.

In the same year, the digitally shot “Still Life” was well-received on the independent film fest circuit. The following year the shingle produced “Swimfan” with Erika Christensen in a teen version of “Fatal Attraction,” but without the boiled bunny.

Earlier last year, the drama “It Runs in the Family” featured three generations of the Douglas clan, with the first on-screen pairing of Michael Douglas with his father, Kirk; mother, Diana; and son Cameron. The film follows a family’s complicated path toward reconciliation.

In May, “The In-Laws” was released. A remake of the 1970s comedy of the same title, it starred Douglas as an ex-CIA agent whose son was marrying the daughter of Albert Brooks.

The slate for Further Films remains full with a two-year, first-look deal with Warner Bros. and several projects in development.

Among them are the tentatively titled “Art Con of the Century” at UA; the likely Douglas starrer “As Told To” at WB; an adaptation of Adam Pennenberg’s “Blood Highways,” titled “Tragic Indifference,” also at WB; and “A Man in Full” for HBO. The company maintains offices in Los Angeles and New York.

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