A new film by Berlinale competion jury member Kathryn Bigelow is one of ten features being produced by the second tranche of the private German media fund operator, Film & Entertainment VIP Medienfonds .
Bigelow's 1930s-set drama Scottsboro Boys is being co-produced with Mark Damon's MDP Worldwide, as is the thriller Monster, based on the true story of the serial murderer Aileen Wuornos, which is currently in production; and Barbara Kopple's youth drama Havoc penned by Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan.
According to CEO Andreas Schmid, VIP Medienfonds 2's (VIP 2) Euros 91m slate is a 40-60 split between co-productions and projects 100%-financed by the fund, with budgets ranging between $ 3.5m and $35m.
In addition, VIP 2 is co-producing the adaptation of Marvel Comics' The Punisher with VIP's third fund VIP 3 and Munich-based Framewerk. Artisan is handling North American distribution for the film, directed by Jonathan Hensleigh.
Meanwhile, VIP 2's six own fully-financed pictures are the romantic comedy Elvis & Anabelle, directed by Mark Palansky and starring Elijah Wood; writer-director Erin Dignam's romantic drama The Last Face which may have director colleague Wim Wenders appearing as an actor before the camera; two comedies by Solomon J. LeFlore ' Roadblocks and Spin; and finally the thriller One Point Zero and the South African-set Drum, two of the first projects from Chris Sievernich's newly established Armada Pictures.