Myles Nestel, Lisa Wilson, Craig Chapman & Peter Fruchtman The Solution Entertainment Group, and Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo’s newly-launched production company, War Party, have entered into a strategic partnership to develop and produce genre and action-based films.
Under the alliance, The Solution will provide capital to War Party to option and develop material from all sources, including books, magazines, and screenplays under a first look agreement. The Solution and War Party will then finance and co-produce the films jointly, with The Solution handling international sales.
The companies expect to produce three to five films a year, including titles with franchise potential. Their first movie is expected to be available for sale at the European Film Market next year.
The Solution recently collaborated with Carnahan and Grillo on “Wheelman,” which was sold worldwide to Netflix at this year’s Cannes Market. The high-concept action thriller, currently in post production, stars Grillo and was written and directed by Jeremy Rush.
“Collaborating with Frank and Joe on ‘Wheelman’ was a fantastic experience and this logical next step is a perfect move forward for us,” Nestel said. “We all speak the same language on the types of films we want to develop and produce for a worldwide marketplace. Audiences today are craving A-level action and genre feature films and Joe and Frank are guys that deliver! So few companies are willing or able to fund development these days so we are thrilled to be able to step into that role more fully and especially with the right partners.”
Nestel negotiated the deal with CAA and Loeb & Loeb on behalf of War Party.
“I’m really excited by the opportunity to team with The Solution and put together a fantastic slate of projects,” Carnahan said. “Our collaboration on ‘Wheelman’ was one of the most rewarding ones that I’ve ever had professionally and all too rare an experience in this business. Myles and Craig proved to be invaluable partners on a film that provided its fair share of challenges.”
Grillo echoed Carnahan’s sentiments.
“After making ‘Wheelman’ with Myles, Craig, and The Solution, the move to go into business with them is the natural progression. I couldn’t be more excited about our partnership,” Grillo said.