Atlantic, EuroCo power 'Flower'

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NEW YORK -- Harris Salomon's Atlantic Overseas Pictures is partnering with Budapest- and Los Angeles-based EuroCo-Prods. to make the long-gestating Holocaust drama "Flower of the Fence" and a new historical epic, "Hunyadi: The Sword of God," the first of a three-film, five-year pact between the two outfits to produce features in Hungary.

Salomon said the companies have assembled a $50 million-plus financing package for the projects via central Europe-based OTP Bank and private equity from Los Angeles investors, taking advantage of recent Hungarian tax credits to lower budgets on the projects.

The $12 million "Fence" is a love story set against the backdrop of the Holocaust, based on the story of concentration camp survivor Herman Rosenblat. The film follows him from his teen years, when he falls for a girl in an adjacent camp, to his reunion with his love years after the war.

Richard Dreyfuss, Maia Morgenstern ("The Passion of the Christ") and Thomas Sangster ("Nanny McPhee") have expressed interest in starring in the film. "Fence," written by Salomon and Matt Salzberg, is set to begin principal photography in third-quarter 2007.

The $30 million action film "Hunyadi" follows the 15th century general John Hunyadi as he defends Hungary against the Turks. "He's the most famous Hungarian of all time, other than possibly Zsa Zsa Gabor," Salomon joked. Production is expected to begin in 2008.

Salomon and EuroCo president Gabor Koltai plan to announce the third project of the deal in mid-2007.
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