Ted Field and Scott Kroopf, the producers behind blockbuster hits Runaway Bride, Jumanji, Three Men And A Baby and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, are turning to the international marketplace to fund their new production outfit Radar Pictures - sealing a longterm alliance with David Linde's Good Machine International (GMI) to sell its movies.
The pact kicks off with pre-strike horror thriller They. Linde has already closed several territories on They and is close to sealing strategic co-financing and output arrangements for future Radar films in four key territories with more to follow.
The films will not be delivered without US distribution in place, although Radar will not ally itself with one studio for all the films. "We wanted to stay independent and not be beholden to US distributors," explains Radar's business affairs chief David Boyle. Prior to the agreement with GMI, Radar had set up several pictures with majors for all rights - Truck 44 and Pitch Black 2 are with Universal, an Ed Zwick Samurai movie is with Warner Bros and Jumanji 2 is at Sony - but as of now all their pictures will go through the GMI venture.
Unlike Mutual Film Co whose biggest films - Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot - were snapped up by US studios for the world, Radar's partners will get all the pictures, big or small, good or bad. They was written by Brendan Hood and will be directed by Robert Harmon (The Hitcher, TV's Gotti). No cast is yet set for the $17m project of a young woman who battles to overcome the connection between her night terrors as a child and her dread of the dark as an adult.
Radar's development slate encompasses the movies developed by Interscope which, says Linde, "amount to $50m worth of material." They include Blast Off which has Philip Noyce attached to direct, comedy Democracy which Audrey Wells (Guinevere, The Kid) has written and will direct and Le Divorce, which is James Ivory's current directorial project.
Linde says that Radar is looking to deliver eight films to the buyers over the next three years. "Radar is really the solution for the very hungry marketplace, an absolute proven supplier of mainstream, commercial motion pictures," he said.