Franchise Pictures is debuting a range of new pictures at London including two new actioners starring Sylvester Stallone and the mob comedy Plan B starring Diane Keaton. And for the first time in several markets, all major territories are available on the titles since Franchise's German partner, Intertainment, has not taken up its option to buy pan-European rights.
Franchise, which is also in negotiations with Kirch/Mediaset acquisition alliance Epsilon for a pan-European arrangement, is partnering on two further Stallone films following Get Carter and the currently shooting Driven - A Sound Of Thunder and Avenging Angelo.
A Sound Of Thunder, to which Warner Bros has domestic rights per its relationship with Franchise, stars Stallone as a time traveller who accidentally changes the course of evolution while on a safari in the Jurassic age. Based on a Ray Bradbury short story, the film is scripted by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Producers are Franchise chairman Elie Samaha, Howard Baldwin and Karen Baldwin and Franchise president and COO Andrew Stevens. Avenging Angelo features Stallone as a bodyguard taking care of a Mafia don's daughter.
Specialised arm Franchise Classics is offering Plan B, a comedy starring Keaton as a bookkeeper for a small-time gangster who inadvertently becomes a hitman. The project is in post production and directed by Greg Yaitanes.
Also being offered by distribution president Lisa Wilson is big-budget actioner Ecks Vs Sever. Warner Bros has North American rights on the film which is being directed by Kaos.