The Studio Hamburg's WorldWide Pictures (WWP) fund has lined up another two potential projects - Colour Me Kubrick and Dudes - to back after its first production, John Irvin's The Great Ceili War, wrapped on the Isle of Man last week on December 4.
WWP has optioned the $7m satirical comedy Colour Me Kubrick, about the true story of a London man who pretended to be the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, thereby financing a lavish lifestyle. John Malkovich is attached to play the confidence trickster for director Brian Cook, a long-time assistant director of Kubrick. Shooting is set to take place next year in London and on the Isle of Man, with the production accessing Isle of Man tax credits and UK sale and leaseback.
In addition, WWP is still looking to back the $6m teenager comedy Dudes, starring US popstar Aaron Carter, to be produced on behalf of the German fund by Los Angeles-based family entertainment specialist PorchLight Entertainment.
WWP's first project, the $7.15m The Great Ceili War, was financed by the fund together with the Isle of Man Film Commission, UK sale and leaseback (via Ingenious), and equity investment from the UK investment house TPC. International sales are being handled by First Look Media's Overseas Filmgroup with US domestic distribution in the hands of First Look Pictures.
Shot on location in Northern Ireland and on the Isle of Man under the supervision of service producer Evzen Kolar (Storyville), the Irish music comedy has a cast including Andrea Corr, lead singer of the pop group The Corrs (who will record a number of new songs for the film's soundtrack), Colm Meaney, Patrick Bergin, Bernard Hill and Shaun Evans.
WWP was launched at the end of 2001 to raise Euros 100m for investing in up to seven English-language feature films with budgets of between $5m-$20m. While around Euros 10m was raised from private individuals by the end of last year, WWP's Wolfgang Esenwein told screendaily.com that he expects the fund to raise another Euros 20m-30m by the end of 2002.