Cowboy Ropes Two More Thunder Films
Compiled by Eugene Hernandez
>> Miramax Set to Make Isacsson Film With Open City
Kris Isacsson, who won the award for Best Short Film at the 1997 Sundance
Film Festival for his short film "Man About Town," will direct his new
feature script for Miramax. "Down To You," a comedic love story, will be
produced with Open City Films and fully financed by Miramax. Open City's
Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente read about Isacsson in a Sundance '97 wrap
article by Godfrey Cheshire and immediately tracked down the filmmaker.
After 14 months of development and about ten drafts, the company got
serious bids from five companies according to Kliot -- the deal was
negotiated by John Sloss, representing Isacsson. Kliot told indieWIRE
yesterday that this marks the second time in a year that Open City has
secured a deal for a first-time filmmaker -- the company just wrapped
Tony Bui's "Three Seasons" With October Films.
>> "Regeneration" Opens Quietly
Alliance's "Regeneration" opened on 6 screens this weekend, earning
only $19,168, for a $3,212 per screen average according to Variety.
The other first weekend entry, "Slums of Beverly Hills," (Fox Searchlight)
grabbed $125,561 on 7 screens, for an average of $17,937. In its 52nd
day in release, "Smoke Signals" (Miramax) earned $322,448 on 135
screens for an average of $2,389, a drop of 21%. Meanwhile, "Pi" (Artisan),
dropped only 6% for a weekend total of $253, 557 and an average of
$4,610, with a 38 day total of $1,396,369. Finally, "The Thief"
(Stratosphere), gained 4% for a 31 day total of $427,692, and a per
screen average of $2,754.
>> Cowboy Books Two More Rolling Thunder Films
Cowboy Booking International will release two more Rolling Thunder
films, following their success with Lucio Fulci's "The Beyond" which
is approaching $100,000 in grosses for its midnight screenings. Bruce
McDonald's "Hard Core Logo" will open in November and "Mighty Peking
Man," a Hong Kong monster movie, will open in January as a midnight
release. "What could be more fun than introducing America to a kick-ass
Canadian punk band and a giant ape from the East," Cowboy President
Noah Cowan said in a prepared statement. The company also recently
released Tim Kirkman's documentary, "Dear Jesse."