Intandem Films, the UK-based production, finance, sales and distribution outfit, said today that CEO Gary Smith is stepping down to “combine his career as an executive producer with new opportunities outside the film industry.” Veteran Disney exec Robert Mitchell, who joined Intandem in 2012 to head up the UK distribution business, replaces Smith immediately.
Intandem also said it has delayed production on 10 Things I Hate About Life. While not a sequel to 1999 comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, it is a re-team of that film’s directing and producing duo Gil Junger and Andrew Lazar. Junger penned the script and is to helm the story of a young man and woman (Evan Rachel Wood) who meet while each is attempting to commit suicide. Smith is also a producer. Intandem said production was expected to resume in the second half of this year.
Further, demonstrating the difficulties facing independent distribution in the UK, Intandem laid out a new plan for the short to medium term. The company will continue to consider opportunities, but “will only commit to UK distribution engagements where it is possible to partner with a second UK distributor in order to reduce the commitment” of its own resources. There is contraction in the UK market with the recent takeover of Alliance Films’ Momentum Pictures by eOne. Added to that is the uncertain future of Revolver Entertainment and the failure of retail chains HMV and Blockbuster, which is impacting the sector. Read More »
Tammin Sursok will play the lead in the indie pic C2C written and directed by Joel Soisson. The story concerns a a young tourist who travels to Thailand in an effort to solve her sister’s murder. She befriends a group of young ex-pats led by a seductive young woman who knows more than she lets on. Filming is underway in Thailand. C2C is produced by Raimund Huber and Aki Komine. Sursok currently stars in ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. She is repped by Principato-Young and UTA. Read More »
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The producing and directing duo behind the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You is reuniting for 10 Things I Hate About Life. London-based Intandem Films has greenlighted the project from writer-director Gil Junger and producer Andrew Lazar. Despite the similar titles, the romantic comedy that’s set in Los Angeles is not a sequel to the 1999 film that starred Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Rather, it’s about a young man and woman who meet while each is attempting to commit suicide. Love develops and the pair realize life is worth living. Intandem CEO Gary Smith, who’s also producing, tells me, “It’s an uplifiting story but takes on the subject of misunderstood people.” The couple is currently being cast by Marcia Ross. Intandem is financing and selling the film, which will also be released in the UK by the company’s new distribution arm. Production starts in LA in November where Smith says the film wouldn’t have been able to shoot without help from the California Film Commission, which invested in the roughly $10M budget. Read More »