Andras Hamori's LA-based H2O Motion Pictures is planning two international productions with Germany's Magic Media Company (MMC).

Principal photography on thriller Running Wild, with lead actor and co-producer Samuel L. Jackson, will shoot later this year in South Africa and at the MMC studios in Cologne.

Kevin Kerslake will direct Running Wild from a screenplay written by David Leland as an adaptation of James Graham Ballard's 1988 novel of the same name.

Kerslake previously worked on commercials and music videos and directed the pilot film for the Fox series The Visitor.

In addition, Hamori and MMC are looking to partner on The Gate - 20 Years Later, a sequel to the 1987 horror film The Gate. Randall William Cook, three-time Academy Award winner for his visual effects for The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, is attached to the project to oversee the special effects.

H2O and MMC are currently collaborating on Stephen Frears' $36m Colette adaptation Cheri, which is being produced by Hamori, Bill Kenwright and Tracy Seaward with MMC's production arm MMC Independent.

Cheri is a fateful love story between a young man (Rupert Friend) and a former courtesan (Michelle Pfeiffer) set in Paris at the beginning of the last century.

The production has received backing from the North Rhine-Westphalian regional fund Filmstiftung NRW and the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF). Miramax is the US distributor.