×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Solar Pictures Teams with Tom Hardy on “Samarkand”

Greg Williams is set to direct as his debut feature

Solar Pictures is teaming with Tom Hardy to develop drama “Samarkand.”

Hardy will portray a soldier returning from the Middle East in a story about the problems of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Script has been written by brothers Greg and Olly Williams. The project has been developed by Hardy, Bobby Paunescu of Solar Pictures and the Williams brothers.

Greg Williams is set to direct “Samarkand” as his debut feature. His short film “Sergeant Slaughter – My Big Brother,” starring Hardy, won directing awards at the New York, Chicago and San Francisco Short Film Festivals.

Solar Pictures launched last April with the goal of producing four to five movies a year with budgets up to $40 million. Los Angeles-based Solar announced in October that it had closed deals to finance and produce several movies including “Jet Black” and “The Girl Who Knew Too Much,” which will shoot this year.

Solar Pictures is a subsidiary of Solar Entertainment Group, which has also launched finance arm Solar Media Capital and investment banking and advisory services through Solar Entertainment HLB.

Romanian billionaire Paunescu and former Comerica exec Jared Underwood are Solar’s principal investors and managing directors; it’s also backed by the New York-based Shu family and Edward Lawson Johnston, founder of London-based merchant bank LJ Group.

More Film

  • Donald Trump Chucky Childs Play

    'Child's Play' Stars on New Chucky's 'Creepy' Resemblance to Donald Trump

    At Wednesday night’s world premiere of the “Child’s Play” remake, it was obvious that evil doll Chucky — the star of seven films over three decades — had a little work done. And now he bears a striking resemblance to Donald Trump. “Oh, you caught that?” Aubrey Plaza asked Variety on the black carpet outside [...]

  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening

    Academy Museum Opening Delayed Again to 2020

    The opening date of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has been delayed again, this time to an unspecified date in 2020. The museum, now under construction at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, has long been beset by delays and cost overruns. In December 2018, the Academy announced that it would open [...]

  • Bradley Cooper speaks at the 30th

    Producers Guild Shifts 2020 Awards Show to Hollywood Palladium

    The Producers Guild of America will hold its 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hollywood Palladium, shifting the site from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The PGA had already announced that the show would take place on Jan. 18. The organization, which represents more than 8,000 producers, announced Thursday that it has launched a new [...]

  • Adam Driver appears in The Report

    Amazon’s ‘The Report’ Gets U.K. Theatrical Release Ahead of Streaming Launch

    Amazon Studio’s “The Report” will be released theatrically in the U.K. three weeks before it lands on the Prime Video streaming service. The Scott Z. Burns film tells the story of Daniel J. Jones, a U.S. Senate staffer who worked to reveal that truth about an “enhanced interrogation” program run by the CIA in the [...]

  • Elton John performing at Earls Court,

    Elton John Has a Message for Struggling LGBTQ Youth: 'Be Proud of Who You Are'

    Elton John isn’t at a loss for words when asked if he has a message for young LGBTQ people who are struggling with their sexuality or gender identity. In an exclusive interview with Variety at last month’s Cannes Film Festival, just hours before the world premiere of his long-in-the-works biopic “Rocketman,” John spoke candidly about the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content