Myriad Pictureswill finance Borgia,the next film from Neil Jordan, which is being produced by Jordan's producingpartner Stephen Woolley and Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey ofImage Movers.
Jordan - who isalso involved as a producer ConorMcPherson's The Actors (seeseparate story) - wrote the script which follows thenotorious Borgia family and their rise to power in Italy in the 16th Century.
Myriad is fullyfinancing the film and working with ICM on the North American sale of thepicture. Myriad's Kirk D'Amico, Philip Von Alvensleben and Lucas Foster willexecutive produce the film, which is scheduled to be shot in summer 2002.
Borgia, at one time called Lucrezia, will focus on Lucrezia Borgia, thedaughter of a pope whose colourful life was noted for orgies, multiplemarriages and incest. DreamWorks, where Image Movers is based, is no longerinvolved in the project.
Joining Borgiaon the Myriad AFM slate are three completed films from American Zoetrope whichMyriad will now sell - Pumpkin, which screened at Sundance this year, and CQ and No Such Thing, which played in sections at the CannesFilm Festival last year.
Myriad nowco-finances Zoetrope's movies with MGM's United Artists. Capitol Filmspreviously represented the films on behalf of VCL, which co-financed the firstslate of Zoetrope movies.
Jordan is closeto completing his latest film Double Down, which was fully financed by Alliance Atlantis. It starsNick Nolte and Ralph Fiennes.