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Duo will launch Ars Nova banner

Pair set to develop rock opera of Bard basic

NEW YORK – Christopher Coppola and partner Elyse Meredith are launching Ars Nova XXI, a “ministudio” facility to handle all phases of high-def and digital film and TV production.

Through the banner, the duo are developing an HD feature rock opera based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” as well as children’s pic “Duck Duck Goose,” inspired by Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarty.

For TV, Ars Nova is in post on an HD one-hour episodic pilot, “The Biker Chef,” which stars and is helmed by Coppola.

Ars Nova prexy Coppola said the banner aims to offer opportunities to indie filmmakers through digital technology.

The entity has tapped Deanna McDaniel as exec veep. She was formerly an online exec at the Walt Disney Co.

Ars Nova will serve as parent unit to Coppola and Meredith’s production outfit PlasterCity Prods., headed by Nicolas Paine. PlasterCity also operates a post-production facility.

Coppola’s film directing credits include Trimark Pictures’ “Deadfall” and “Gunfighter,” starring Martin Sheen.

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