Natural Nylon founder Damon Bryant is exiting the company he launched with leading British actors Ewan McGregor, Jude Law and Jonny Lee Miller and fellow producer Bradley Adams.
Bryant is taking two projects with him which were developed at Natural Nylon under its first-look arrangement with Alliance Atlantis. John Maybury (Love is the Devil) is to direct the $23 million Marlowe from a script written by himself and Alan Ayres, while director Alison Maclean (Jesus' Son) is on board White Clouds.
Bryant, who retains a stake in Natural Nylon, will focus on developing, financing and producing theatrical films through Sonnet Pictures, which he has set up with Maybury. He has optioned Iain Banks' latest novel, Dead Air.
"Over the past months I have realised just how much time and energy I've been spending on management chores rather than the creative side of film making," Bryant said. "After much debate, I am delighted that the partners have amicably agreed that I can move on."
Natural Nylon produced Nora, a personal project of McGregor's, and Bryant and Adams co-produced on David Cronenberg's Existenz, which starred Law. Recently, the company was behind the turbulent production of To Kill A King, which collapsed halfway through its shoot before being saved.
"It's been a great ride and we are all very proud of what has been achieved and what is still achievable by Natural Nylon," Bryant said. "I am confident that we will be working together on individual projects in the future."