H20 puts 'Gate' sequel, 'Wild' on the fast track

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Andras Hamori's H20 Motion Pictures has greenlighted two new productions: the thriller "Running Wild," based on the novel by J.G. Ballard and starring Samuel L. Jackson, and "The Gate — 20 Years Later," a sequel to the 1987 hit teen horror title.

Jackson will serve as a co-producer on "Wild," a detective story about the investigation of a mysterious massacre inside a wealthy gated community. Television and music video helmer Kevin Kerslake will direct in his feature-film debut from a script by David Leland ("Mona Lisa"). Shooting is set to begin this year in South Africa and at MMC Studios in Cologne, Germany.

Special effects wizard Randall William Cook, a three-time Oscar winner for his visual effects work on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, will make his directorial debut with the "Gate" sequel. The original film starred Stephen Dorff and Louis Tripp as kids who accidentally open a gate to hell in their backyard, releasing deadly pint-sized demons.

MMC Studios is expected to back both projects as a co-financier through its production division MMC Independent.

MMC recently boarded Stephen Frears' 1920s period piece "Cheri," which Hamori is exec producing. The drama, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, is shooting in France. (partialdiff)
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