EXCLUSIVE: FilmEngine has acquired Blacklisted, a script by Banipal and Benhur Ablakhad. They are keeping the plot under wraps but it is described as a young-skewing buddy caper movie that has a bit of Dirty Dozen and Ocean’s Eleven in it. FilmEngine’s Anthony Rhulen and Navid McIlhargey will produce alongside Josh Weinstock. Devin Andre is overseeing. Producers have begun the search for a director and young international cast.
FilmEngine next releases the Robert De Niro/John Travolta-starrer Killing Season. Weinstock most recently worked at Red Wagon and is now producing via Weinstock Entertainment. The scribes are repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmEngine Entertainment CEO Anthony Rhulen has hired Gregory Chou to be COO. Also hired are Matt Eskander as vice president of Business Development & Finance, David Boorstein as vice president of Television and Devin Andre as Motion Picture Development Director.
The hires come after FilmEngine set longtime New Regency executive Navid McIlhargey to become FilmEngine president. The company has upcoming the crime thriller Evidence and the action film Killing Season, which stars Robert De Niro and John Travolta.
Chou comes to FilmEngine after stints at Paradigm and CAA, where he focused on packaging and financing of feature films Before that he was with Sony and spent seven years in venture capital at Norwest Venture Partners and Morgan Stanley.
Eskander was an agent in the talent and film finance department at Paradigm, after training under Ed Limato at ICM. Boorstein was director of development at Anthony Zuiker’s Dare to Pass, and worked on projects for a number of networks. He co-produces short films for the YouTube channel BlackBoxTV and began as an assistant at Guy Walks Into A Bar. Andre had been at Underground Films and before that Participant Media and CAA.
“As we continue to build, we’re thrilled to have Greg, Matt, David and Devin join the FilmEngine family,” Rhulen said. “Greg … Read More »