WinchesterFilms is introducing a new action picture from Wind Dancer Films to buyers, hasidentified another film from its relationship with The Donners Co and hasunveiled the first slate for its UK distribution company headed by MickSouthworth.

TheWind Dancer project, The Divide, will be directed by Wind Dancer principal Matt Williams (WhereThe Heart Is)and tells the story of a CIA agent who goes on vacation to the Montanamountains with his son, only to get involved in a dangerous conflict with a localmilitia group.

TheDivide joinsother Wind Dancer projects being developed with Winchester including HarvThe Barbarianstarring Rob Schneider, which DreamWorks is distributing domestically, and DaughterOf The Queen Of Sheba to which Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep are attached.

MeanwhileRichard Wenk has started writing a screenplay for The Donners and Winchestercalled 16 Blocks, an action concept about a police detective assigned to take awitness up 16 blocks to a courthouse. Donner is interested in directing thefilm, which will be produced by Lauren Shuler Donner.

WinchesterFilm Distribution, the UK distribution outfit whose subsidiary The Feature FilmCo recently released Berlin winner Bloody Sunday in UK theatres, has four new films onits 2002 slate including the previously announced Lantana, the award-laden Australiandrama, and Slap Her, She's French, the US comedy starring Piper Perabowhich will be distributed by Mitch Goldman's Premiere Group in the US.

Winchesterwill also distribute Scorched, the comedy that it is co-financing and sellinginternationally, which stars Woody Harrelson, John Cleese, Rachael Leigh Cookand Alicia Silverstone, and Tom DiCillo's Double Whammy which stars Elizabeth Hurleyand Denis Leary, which it acquired from Myriad Pictures.