The production fund Studio Hamburg WorldWide Pictures (WWP) has boarded another two projects - the family film Chestnut: Hero Of Central Park and the fantasy adventure Dungeons & Dragons: The Sequel - as part of a slate of up to seven English language features with budgets between $5m-$20m.
Chestnut, which is being produced by family entertainment specialist Keystone Entertainment for WWP through the production service company Nut Productions, has been directed by Robert Vince (producer of all four Air Bud films and president of Keystone) at locations in Vancouver and New York City and is set to wrap on November 16. Keystone's international distribution arm will handle sales.
Meanwhile, principal photography is expected to crank up in early 2004 - probably in Lithuania - on Dungeons & Dragons under the direction of Gerry Lively. Zink Entertainment, a division of Joel Silver's Silver Pictures, which produced the first film based on the internationally popular role-playing game, is acting as the service producer for WWP. Distribution for the USA and certain other territories has already been picked up by Warner Home Video, with world sales being handled by First Look Media.
WWP's first production - the Irish music comedy The Boys From County Clare - received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and has been sold by sales agent First Look Media to the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and Italy.