Michael Gleissner will direct “Irreversi,” a thriller marking his helming debut that goes into production March 27.
Through his Hong Kong-based Bigfoot Entertainment, he has already put some $10 million of his own coin into building a studio-film school in the Philippines and a further $5 million into five movies of diverse origins.
The Hong Kong-based Gleissner is a German national who made a fortune in e-commerce in his home country, then another in U.S. fund management and venture capital.
Company is managed by Kacy Andrews, a former Hyperion Studio exec, who doubles as CEO of Bigfoot and president of Academy of Film and Television in Cebu.
“Irreversi” is company’s most ambitious project to date. Thriller about effect of financial windfall on a married couple will be shot in separate English and Mandarin versions. The $2 million pic will maintain the same Hong Kong locations for both but use separate English and Chinese-language casts. Lisa Schachet and Hong Kong-based Eliot Tong will produce.
Bigfoot’s film investments to date have included stakes in Thom Fitzgerald’s Lucy Liu starrer “3 Needles,” which preemed in Toronto; “Social Grace” (aka “East Broadway”), a romantic comedy now in post-production starring Margaret Cho; and Belgian coming-of-age comedy “The Curiosity of Chance.”
“Bigfoot is Asian based, but our business plans have the U.S. as our domestic market,” Gleissner said. “We are like Wal-Mart, with capital very mobile and people increasingly so, we can take production to where it makes most sense.”
Bigfoot will add to its slate with stakes in dramedy “Spikes,” low-budget horror pic “Within,” “The Dog Walker” and “Intoxicated,” a documentary probing the alcohol industry. Distribution of shingle’s burgeoning slate is overseen by recent hire Yvonne Foong, who will handle festival bookings and appoint sales agents.