EXCLUSIVE: London-based Derby Street Films has made a six-figure acquisition of the Jonathan Stokes spec Blood Mountain, a script that made the 2011 Black List.
Spec is described as a gritty survival thriller with action elements. Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield of Movie Package Co. are producing alongside James Gibb of Cutting Edge, with Nicola Horlick, Rachel Durkin, Brooklyn Weaver and Jonathan Stokes serving as Executive Producers.
Derby Street Films, which is run by Horlick, was established to take advantage of the Enterprise Investment Scheme in the UK, developing projects for eventual sale to the studios and independent financiers, and TV networks and cable channels. Derby Street Films acquires underlying intellectual properties and is developing original ideas with commercial potential. The goal is to develop 25 projects over the next three years. Derby Street intends to quickly secure a director for Blood Mountain.
CEO Horlick and development director Rachel Durkin are operating from London. The company’s board includes Shaun Redick of Movie Package Co.; James Gibb of Cutting Edge Group; and Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance. Ray Mansfield, of Movie Package Co., plays an integral business and creative role for Derby Street Films.
The deal for Stokes and Weaver was brokered by UTA and attorney Gregg Gellman, and by Ray Mansfield on behalf of Derby Street Films. Stokes also wrote El Gringo, which is in post-production at Silver Pictures / After Dark Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has bought writer Jonathan Stokes’ spec script Murders & Acquisitions for a low six figures. The purchase marks the first acquisition by Warners for producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg’s KatzSmith Productions, which recently closed an overall deal with the studio. The action comedy is about a Wall Street stock broker who becomes the target of a hit from a rival firm. Stokes last wrote the screenplay El Gringo, starring Christian Slater, which was just produced by Joel Silver’s genre label Dark Castle Entertainment and After Dark Films. Stokes’ latest spec, Blood Mountain, is currently making the rounds. He is repped by UTA and Energy Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: After Dark Films has purchased the action script El Gringo by Jonathan W. Stokes. Joel Silver will executive produce the film, which is set to begin production later this year. The plot centers on an American who crosses the border into Mexico with a bullet in his arm and $2.3 million in cash, looking to head to Acapulco and retire on the beach. But he discovers quickly that his plan is easier said than done. Stokes, repped by UTA and Energy Entertainment, also has written Murders and Acquisitions, an actioner set on Wall Street, and he wrote and directed The Last Hurrah, about the last night of a group of students before they graduate college.