Geoffrey Wright has signed on to direct and Stephen Dorff to star in Mule, the $17m actioner about the drug trade in Los Angeles, which is being produced by Tony Ludwig and Alan Riche (The Family Man, Deep Blue Sea) represented here by Chris Davis International. Dorff will also act as co-producer on the film.

Wright is the Australian director of now classic Romper Stomper which starred Russell Crowe and October Films' cult horror flick Cherry Falls which starred Britanny Murphy and Gabriel Mann. Mule is being produced in association with In-Motion AG and is scheduled to start shooting in April. Michael Braun and Ewerhard Engels of MEF Munich are executive producers along with Lars Sylvest.

Mule is one of the first titles to be sold by Davis from his financing and production partnership with Sylvest's Mondrian, a Europe-based financing group with access to a network of European banks and equity funds.

CDI is also representing Black Sky, a $15m horror film about a large flock of crows which sets out to kill humans. Special effects house Hammerhead Productions (X-Men, The Fast And The Furious) has signed on to handle visual effects on the film.