Steven Paul's Crystal Sky Worldwide Sales has teamed with German film fund Apollo Media on two new films: kung fu fighting talking dog saga Unleashed co-starring Jon Voight, Simon Rex and Jaime Pressly and Façade, a $25m heist thriller which teams Voight with Julia Ormond under director Danny Cannon.
These two join the previously announced Ghost Rider, a $75m movie of the Marvel comic book character which is a co-production with Dimension Films and to be directed by Steven Norrington (Blade), and Baby Geniuses 2: Superbabies to which Sony Pictures Entertainment has domestic rights. Paul is selling all four as a package at Cannes.
Nicolas Cage is showing interest in the lead role of Ghost Rider which is being scripted by David Goyer (Blade, The Crow) and Norrington and executive produced by Paul and Marvel's Avi Arad (X-Men, Spiderman). Paul said he will finance the film through his credit lines with Cobalt Media Group and The Lew Horwitz Organization.
Meanwhile Unleashed, which recently completed principal photography, is directed by Bob Clark (Baby Geniuses, Porky's), produced by Paul and executive produced by Jan Fantl and Frank Hubner of Apollo Media.
Cannon, whose credits include Young Americans, Judge Dredd, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and Phoenix, will direct Façade in which Ormond will play a diamond thief hired by the FBI to help bring down a crime lord. Paul, Fantl and Hubner are executive producing.
Crystal Sky has an agreement with Paramount Pictures to co-finance up to 12 films, and an equity agreement with VCL Communications to co-finance 12 theatrical and 12 made-for-television movies.