SGIFF: Edward Pressman Talks ‘Infinity,’ ‘Feeding Ground,’ ‘Dali’

Veteran U.S. producer Edward Pressman is on a roll. After successful festival runs in Toronto, Zurich and Goa, his latest production “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” directed by Matt Brown and starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel, was a special presentation at the Singapore International Film Festivthis week (Dec. 4.)

It wasn’t a quick ride for “Infinity,” with the project taking nearly nine years to get made. “Matt Brown and I believed that it was an effective film about the relationship between Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and his British professor G.H. Hardy,” says Pressman. He went to India and did the round of the studios there, given that Ramanujan is an important figure in Indian history. “We thought that would be the logical place to get the financing,” says Pressman. However, the Indian studios were just not interested.

That is when Pressman met financier and banker Joseph Cohen, who coincidentally had studied mathematics history at Harvard and is a Ramanujan scholar. Cohen’s American Entertainment Investors came in with the first chunk of financing and the other investors gradually fell in place, including Singapore’s Xeitgeist Entertainment Group.

Pressman has several other projects percolating. Despite the financial troubles of Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Studios, “The Crow” is going ahead with a 2016 shoot, with Relativity putting up significant capital to make it happen. Pressman is reuniting with his partner on “Thank You For Smoking”, David Sacks’ Room 9 Entertainment and with his “American Psycho” director Mary Harron on Salvador Dali biopic “Dali and I.” Pressman is excited about the script, adapted by Harron from Stan Lauryssens’ book, and the project will cast shortly.

The producer is also working on another adaptation, Archaia Entertainment’s critically acclaimed horror graphic novel “Feeding Ground”, created by Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski and Chris Mangun in English and Spanish. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) was initially announced as the director, but Pressman is now in discussions with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”) to direct. If Fresnadillo comes on board, the project will shoot in the Canary Islands, Spain, otherwise the plan is to shoot in Mexico. “We are committed to the property and we are confident that it will be another franchise kind of movie,” says Pressman.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Dan Trachtenberg

    Tom Holland's 'Uncharted' Movie Loses Director

    Dan Trachtenberg has exited the director’s chair for Sony’s “Uncharted” movie starring Tom Holland, with the studio taking meetings with top filmmakers and production starting early next year. The studio confirmed Trachtenberg’s departure Thursday. It also said Sony-based PlayStation Productions — headed by Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan — had come on to produce alongside [...]

  • Participant Taps Anikah McLaren, Robert Kessel

    Participant Taps Anikah McLaren, Robert Kessel to Head Film Department

    Participant Media has named industry veterans Anikah McLaren and Robert Kessel as co-heads of the company’s film department with the titles of executive vice president. Both executives will report together to Participant CEO David Linde, who made the announcement Thursday. McLaren joins Participant having most recently served as a production executive for Fox Searchlight Pictures. [...]

  • 'The Son' Review: Bosnian Family Drama

    Sarajevo Film Review: 'The Son'

    It is a mixed blessing to be born in the aftermath of a war. On the one hand, you never have to experience the terror and suffering your parents did; on the other, you grow up with your own personal crises forever made to feel smaller by comparison. That, at least, is the frustration driving [...]

  • Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez star

    Box Office: Jennifer Lopez 'Hustlers' Heading for $25 Million Launch

    STX Entertainment’s “Hustlers,” a comedic thriller about strip-club employees seeking revenge, is expected to earn $25 million when it opens on Sept. 13, according to early tracking. The movie — starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lizzo — will debut alongside Warner Bros.’ “The Goldfinch.” The drama, based on [...]

  • AMC TheatresShop signs, Los Angeles, America

    AMC Theatres Lays Off 35 Corporate Staffers

    AMC Entertainment has laid off 35 corporate staffers and will not fill an additional 15 open jobs. The Kansas-based chain made the announcement Thursday as part of a previously announced “profit improvement plan” intended to achieve operating and administrative efficiencies. AMC, which operates more than 10,000 movie screens, had disclosed the plan on Aug. 8 [...]

  • Ann Sarnoff Warner Bros

    Ann Sarnoff Formally Takes Reins of Warner Bros. as CEO

    The Ann Sarnoff era at Warner Bros. has begun. Sarnoff formally took the reins as Warner Bros. chair-CEO on Thursday, two months after she was appointed to the post. Sarnoff told employees in a memo that she has been impressed by the company’s track record during the past year amid a period of upheaval for [...]

  • Take Me Somewhere Nice review

    Ena Sendijarevic on Migration, Identity and the Question of Belonging

    Bosnian filmmaker Ena Sendijarević had an auspicious debut with “Import,” a short film which world premiered in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2016. Drawing on her own family’s personal history, the Amsterdam-based director crafted an idiosyncratic tale about a family of Bosnian refugees trying to make a new home in the Netherlands. With her feature debut, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content