Mark Damon's Foresight Unlimited has boarded the $15-20m serial killer thriller Hangman with Harold Becker set to direct and $9m Franz Kafka adaptation Metamorphosis starring Daniel Bruhl, Anna Paquin and Stephen Rea.

The slate includes Mike Binder's upcoming $20m comedy-drama Emperor Of Michigan, $11m horror remake It's Alive, and the $15m Jean-Claude Van Damme mixed martial arts romp Smashing Machine.

Hangman centres on a female investigator who must solve riddles before a psychopath dismembers his victims. Damon is producing with Alexandra Milchan, Melanie Johansson, Gilles Arondeau and Moshe Diamant, and filming is set to begin in late 2007.

Limor Diamant wrote and will direct Metamorphosis, which weaves together the celebrated tale of a man who transforms into a giant bug with a parallel account of Kafka's heartbreaking writing process. Ram Bergman is producing and a European shoot has been set for the summer.

Emperor Of Michigan keeps Binder in familiar comedy-drama territory and tells of an errant father who returns home with a nymphomaniac. Producers Damon, Binder and Mark Rotenberg are lining up a winter 2007 shoot.

Binder's Reign Over Me starring Adam Sandler opened in North America recently and the film-maker previously directed Kevin Costner and Joan Allen in The Upside Of Anger.

It's Alive stars Bijou Phillips and is a remake of Larry Cohen's 1974 classic about a homicidal baby. 'We're going to have something very special here,' Damon said. 'It's a great film and we've given it a modern twist.' Joseph Rusnak recently wrapped the Nu Image and Signature Pictures co-production.

Foresight Unlimited and Signature Pictures' Smashing Man is being directed by Simon Fellows and produced by Moshe Diamant. Van Damme stars alongside some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts in the story of a young champion who helps a has-been return to former glories. Sony Pictures Releasing International has acquired the majority of international territories.

The Ledge is a $10m project that writer Matthew Chapman will direct in the autumn and centres on a troubled detective who is sent to 'talk down' a suicidal professor and ends up receving lioef advice himself. Damon is producing with Michael Mailer.

Damon founded Los Angeles-based Foresight Unlimited in January 2005 and recently wrapped production on the Roland Joffe thriller Captivity starring Elisha Cuthbert that Lionsgate and After Dark Films will release in North America this summer. Damon's producing credits include Monster and The Upside Of Anger.