Finch makes steps in sands

New shingle sets up projects

Just a few months after launching his new production label Pink Sands, former WMA agent Charles Finch has quietly set up or boarded half a dozen projects in various stages of production and development.

He has reteamed with veteran Hollywood producer Al Ruddy to revive Brian Hutton’s decades-old Western script “Comanche Moon.”

Danny Huston, in Cannes for “Marie Antoinette,” is reportedly in talks to direct the movie, which is currently casting.

It’s a Spaghetti-style project about a vicious Indian hunter and a group of stagecoach passengers who come under siege from a tribe of Comanches.

Hutton was the director of classic 1960s war movies “Where Eagles Dare” and “Kelly’s Heroes.” Ruddy produced his debut movie “Wild Seed” in 1965.

Ruddy, whose credits range from “Million Dollar Baby” to “The Godfather,” is also working with Finch on Gregory Mackenzie’s “Camille,” which starts shooting June 10.

Starring Siena Miller and James Franco, it’s a twisted honeymoon adventure about an innocent girl who marries a thief.

Ruddy and Finch first worked together on the 1994 Western “Bad Girls,” which Finch co-wrote with his mother Yolande Turner.

Separately, Pink Sands is also in the midst of setting up “False Memory,” with Isabelle Huppert and Willem Defoe in talks to star. Directed by Angel Gracia, it’s a co-production with Roger Corbi’s Spanish outfit Drim Tim.

Finch is taking an exec producer credit on two projects from Ed Pressman — “Mutant Chronicles,” starring John Malkovich and Thomas Jane, which starts shooting May 27 in Blighty; and Whit Stillman’s comeback project “Little Green Men.”

He is also the exec producer of Jan Dunn’s sophomore movie “Ruby Red Chequer,” which is currently shooting in the U.K. The low-budget pic, which Finch helped to package and finance, stars Bob Hoskins.

Nick Broomfield has just finished “Ghosts,” his Chinese-lingo drama based on the true story of the illegal Chinese immigrants who died picking shellfish on a British beach two years ago. Finch developed and exec produced the movie, which is being sold at Cannes by Beyond Intl. and is likely to premiere at the fall festivals.

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