Mark Gill and Neil Sacker's fledgling finance, production and
international sales company The Film Department has unveiled its first
acquisition since launching last month and will fast-track Chloe
King's script Lorelei.

The project centres on the story of a bitterly divorced New York City
couple who are told they must conceive another child in order to save
their sick daughter.

Gill and King will produce with Sandbar Pictures' Greg Little and
Lizzie Friedman and Film Department's production pchief Robert Katz.
Sacker will serve as executive producer.

'Lorelei is an extraordinary story that confounds expectations at
every turn,' chief executive officer and former Warner Independent and
Miramax president Gill said. 'It's dramatic, very funny, full of
conflict, stunningly authentic and in the end enormously satisfying.'

'From the start, we want our company to be known as a home for the
best scripts, and this fits that mandate perfectly,' Film Department
president and chief operating officer and former Yari Film Group chief
operating officer Sacker added. 'Lorelei is a topical, moving,
universal story that stays with you long after it's over.'

The Film Department is capitalised to the tune of $200m and plans to
fully finance and produce six films per year in the $10m-$35m range.
King has written numerous assignments for the major studios and
television. She is represented by Jenny Fritz at ICM.

Sandbar's credits include Sex And Death 101 and a roster of upcoming
titles that includes Tom Shepar's documentary Whiz Kids, Nick
Cassavetes' drama Bombing Harvey's, and Kayla Alpert's untitled

Darren Frank of Eisner & Frank represented Sandbar on the deal.