German private film fund ApolloMedia is lining up another three features in the Euros 25m-Euros 70m bracket with producer Moshe Diamant, which will see the fund reunited with directors Peter Hyams and Christian Duguay after working on D'Artagnan (The Musketeer) and The Extremists, respectively.
According to the fund's production coordinator Jan Fantl of Quality International, an early summer start is scheduled for principal photography in Luxembourg and Canada on Hyams' futuristic time travel drama Sound Of Thunder, while Duguay's action story Pandora Effect will crank up production in late summer.
The third project with Diamant is a family entertainment parody of martial arts films Hairy Tale, to be directed by Gene Quintano (screenwriter of Sudden Death) at locations in the South of France.
Apollo is currently in production on Tom Reeve's family fantasy film George & The Dragon, starring James Purefoy, Patrick Swayze and Michael Clark Duncan, at locations in Luxembourg, France and Belgium. World sales rights have been picked up by 301 Entertainment.
In spite of the economic slowdown and the fallout from September 11, ApolloMedia reported an over-subscription of its fifth fund by the end of last year. It has since received the green light from investors to increase the overall placement from Euros 70m to Euros 78m by the end of February.