Winchester Entertainment has extended its relationship with US production outfit Wind Dancer Films to co-produce The Untitled Blake Masters Project, a "character-driven action film" to be produced and directed by Wind Dancer's Matt Williams. Williams made his directorial debut on Where The Heart Is, released domestically earlier this year by 20th Century Fox and starring Nathalie Portman and Ashley Judd.

The two are already co-developing Harv The Barbarian, a pre-historic comedy project to be directed by Chevy Chase.

Winchester will co-produce and handle international rights on The Untitled Blake Masters Project, so-called because it is scripted by Masters (The Ninth Man) from an original idea by Williams.

The announcement was made by Winchester Films president Hadeel Reda and Susan Cartsonis, president of Wind Dancer Films. LA-based Reda negotiated the project on behalf of Winchester.

The film is the latest US project which the UK-headquartered Winchester has become involved with through Reda. Earlier this year, Winchester boarded Heartbreakers, an MGM project starring Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Gene Hackman which it introduced to buyers at Cannes this year.

Wind Dancer, which last year ended its longterm relationship with The Walt Disney Co, is best known for ABC TV sitcom series Home Improvement but has since diversified into feature films with Where The Heart Is and the upcoming What Women Want starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The company was founded by writer-producers Williams, David McFadzean and Carmen Finestra and has offices in Los Angeles and New York.