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New Production and Development Company Griot Pictures Entertainment Lauds Two Projects

Griot Pictures Entertainment founder and CEO, Thomas Hopkins. Image courtesy of Griot Entertainment Group.

CEO and founder Thomas Hopkins and producing partner Tony Dunoyer, announced today the formation of Griot Pictures Entertainment (GPE). The production and development company will co-produce and co-finance both studio and independent film and television projects "with mainstream appeal." Griot's first two projects are in pre-production, "Chevalier" and "Minion," the group announced Thursday.

"Chevalier," is a period-piece set in pre-revolutionary France based on the rise, fall, and rediscovery of the real-life Chevalier de Saint George, who was also known as "The Black Mozart." A fencing and musical superstar in the late 1700's, Le Chevalier de Saint George was also a hero during the French Revolution. The film is written by screenwriter Paris Qualles ("The Tuskegee Airmen").

Hopkins is currently co-writing the screenplay for the horror film, "Minion." which is based on the first two novels from LA Banks' vampire/huntress series, "Minion" and "The Awakening." The plot centers on a budding music diva who has a higher calling as a slayer. The company is also developing "The Peculiar Patriot," an independent docu-dramedy that is described by Griot as "part Whoopi Goldberg style one-woman-show and part 'Fahrenheit 911.'"

"We believe "Chevalier" and "Minion" will strongly advance two classic genres still very popular with global audiences--the period-adventure drama and the vampire/demon-slayer horror film," said Hopkins about their debut projects in a statement.

Additionally, GPE co-produced independent romantic-drama "Premium" (Pete Chatmon) with Double 7 Film and Palm-Star. The film premiered in March at the Miami International Film Festival and stars Zoe Saldana, Dorian Missick, Hill Harper, and Eva Pigford. Griot is based in New York.

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  • Akia Horne | January 10, 2012 2:04 PMReply

    I just discovered L.A. Banks by chance, reading supernatural anthologies. I quickly took to the internet to learn more about her books. Sadden by the loss, I'm however thankful for the body of work she left behind.