Jonathan Sanger, Ed Elbertand Sarah Ryan Black at Los Angeles-based Grand Illusions Entertainment haveannounced they will independently develop, package and fund feature andtelevision projects in the $5m to $30m range.

David Steiner, owner ofSteiner Equities Group and Brooklyn-based Steiner Studios is on board asfinancial partner.

Projects in the pipelineinclude the Fred Schepisi post-World War II drama Beast of Bataan starring Koji Yakusho and Charlie Hunnam and set toshoot in Australia in spring 2007; and the Spanish-language immigrant drama ParaisoTravel starring John Leguizamo andto be directed by Simon Brand.

The initial line-up alsofeatures the supernatural thriller 100 Feet that will go before the cameras in Budapest in February2007; and Paul Attanasio's adaptation of John Steinbeck's East Of Eden in partnership with Imagine Entertainment that hassecured development and production funding from Universal.