US agent-turned-producer Gavin Polone, whose credits include Panic Room, has struck a two title deal with Ralph Kamp and Louise Goodsill's sales agent Odyssey Entertainment.
The UK-based seller has taken international rights to upcoming production Old Man Johnson and completed film Seeing Other People, both from Polone's production company, Pariah.
"We have always sought to establish on-going relationships with exciting and talented originators of material," said Kamp and Goodsill. "We hope this is the start of an enduring relationship for both Pariah and Odyssey."
Old Man Johnson is to star James Franco in the story of a 23 year-old who acts like the archetypal grumpy old man. Director Todd Louiso is start shooting in January from a script by Andrew Kevin Walker, whose credits include Seven and Sleepy Hollow.
Seeing Other People, which stars Jay Mohr, Julianne Nicholson and Lauren Graham, is a sex comedy from husband and wife team Wally Wolodarsky, who wrote and directed, and Maya Forbes, who wrote and executive produced.
Polone's credits include Drop Dead Gorgeous for New Line and Stir Of Echoes for Artisan. In 1989, he joined Bauer/Benedek, a boutique agency which evolved into United Talent Agency, where he was made partner. He then partnered with Judy Hofflund to form Hofflund/Polone, a talent management and production company, before launching Pariah in 2001. The production outfit is currently in production on the Columbia picture Secret Window, starring Johnny Depp.
Odyssey, whose flagship title is Phantom Of The Opera, the biggest independently-financed UK production ever, is also representing $42m animation film Valiant, Johnny Depp and John Malkovich title The Libertine and US cartoon franchise VeggieTales. The company recently parted ways with Mission Pictures' Piccadilly Jim, which Myriad Pictures has taken over.