Momentum links with See-Saw

First joint pic will be 'Tomo'

LONDON — Momentum Pictures has signed a first-look deal for U.K. rights to projects from See-Saw Films, a new company launched by London-based exec producer Iain Canning and Sydney-based producer Emile Sherman.

Momentum previously worked with Canning on Anton Corbijn’s “Control,” which he exec produced and sold internationally in his former job as head of sales and acquisitions for Becker Intl.

“From the moment Momentum’s Robert Walak recommended I read the script of ‘Control,’ we have been talking about a way of working together on a slate of projects,” Canning commented. “Momentum’s ability to release a range of films from auteur-driven projects to genre films fits well with the See-Saw slate.”

Momentum will invest equity into See-Saw’s projects, as well as taking U.K. rights.

Their first joint project will be Paul Catling’s “Tomo,” a sci-fi drama based on Catling’s own Sundance-winning short. It’s set to shoot at the end of this year in Norway and the U.K., produced by Matthew Justice.

Also scheduled for this year is “The Uninvited Guest,” a thriller from Spanish production outfit Rodar y Rodar (“The Orphanage”).

See-Saw’s development slate includes John Polson’s “Jungle,” adapted by screenwriter Justin Monjo from Yossi Ghinsberg’s bestseller about his harrowing experiences in the Amazon. Ghinsberg and Dana Lustig are producing alongside See-Saw.

The company is also working with Corbijn on a contemporary thriller set in London.

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