Co-CEOs Kearie Peak [pictured] and Christopher Taylor said the LA-based finance and production company has lined up Dark Corners, Jonestown, Jet Black and The Girl Who Knew Too Much for the first half of 2013.
Solar Pictures will finance and produce the projects. “Solar Pictures represents intelligent, experienced capital with a mandate to build long lasting partnerships,” said Peak (pictured), who oversees production at the company.
“Our involvement with film projects and partners is heavily dependent on how smart the project is, its global viability, franchise potential and our collective passion for it. This initial slate hits the target for us, so we’re excited to green light and move forward toward production.”
Solar Pictures will produce the thriller Dark Corners with Peter Block, Andy Gould and John Penotti. Tim Williams is on board as executive producer and Tom Shankland will direct from a screenplay by EL Katz and Tim Day about a blind college girl who turns the tables on a cruel killer who pursues her. The film will shoot at Solar stablemate Mandragora Studios in Romania in the first quarter.
The company is co-producing the conspiracy-drama Jonestown with Maxime Remillard’s Remstar Corporation. The story revolves around a conscript to a cult who uncovers government collusion in a mass suicide.
The company will finance and produce the action-thriller Jet Black, based on C Taylor and John Morgan’s screenplay about a private jet pilot who investigates the drowning of his younger brother’s plane and uncovers industrial espionage.
Bobby Paunescu, the Romanian industrialist and filmmaker who along with Jared Underwood is a principal investor and managing director in Solar Pictures, will direct the fashion world thriller The Girl Who Knew Too Much from his own screenplay. Solar Pictures will produce with China Film Group.
Solar launched in March with the mission of producing four to five films a year budgeted up to $40m. Peak oversees production, Taylor oversees business and corporate affairs and Amy Beecroft heads distribution. Edward Lawson Johnston, founder of London-based merchant bank LJ Group, is a key stakeholder along with the New York-based Shu family.