HDNet feature trio heading for prod’n

Pix budgeted under $2 mil, theatrical release intended

HOLLYWOOD — Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente’s HDNet Films, the high-definition production division of Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment, has greenlit a drama, a comedy and a documentary for production this year. All are budgeted under $2 million and intended for theatrical release.

The movies are “Quid Pro Quo,” “Over the Mountains” and “Black Magic.”

“Quid Pro Quo” is a dark comedy written and to be directed by Carlos Brooks and produced by Midge Sanford and Sarah Pillsbury.

“Over the Mountains” is a political drama written by Joseph Castelo, Ayad Stehle-Akhtar and Tom Glynn. Castelo will direct with Tom Glynn, Kliot and Vicente producing. Stehle-Akhtar will star.

“Black Magic” is a documentary to be written and directed by Alex Gibney (“The Trials of Henry Kissinger”) based on nonfiction book “The Smartest Guys in the Room,” Bethany McLean and Peter Elkin’s chronicle of the Enron scandal. Gibney and Kliot will produce.

Kliot and Vicente’s Deutsch/Open City Films most recently produced Jim Jarmusch’s “Coffee and Cigarettes,” released by United Artists. They also exec produced Niels Mueller’s “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” staring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Don Cheadle.