'The Scribbler' Adaptation to Kick Off New Artist Alliance's Slate of Low-Budget Films
New Artist Alliance, an Encino, Calif.-based production company specializing in low-budget films, has secured financing for a slate of four micro-budgeted movies, all to cost less than $1 million, that it will co-produce with management/production firm Caliber Media.
The first film under the new deal is an adaptation of the First Comics graphic novel The Scribbler, author Dan Schaffer’s tale of a woman will multiple personalities. John Suits, one of the founders of NAA, will direct the film, to be shot in 3D, which is beginning casting.
NAA’s Gabriel Cowan, Kerry Johnson and Suits brokered the deal, involving private equity, with Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller of Caliber, which also reps Cowan and Suits as director clients.
The two companies have previously produced two movies together, which are both currently in post-production: Static, a horror-thriller starring Milo Ventimiglia, Sarah Shahi and Sara Paxton, directed by Todd Levin and shot in 3D, and 3 Nights in the Desert, starring Amber Tamblyn, Wes Bentley and Vincent Piazza, which Cowan directed.
NAA also has a movie premiering at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival: Extracted, which Cowan describes as “a high-concept, science-fiction thriller,” concerns a scientist trapped in the memories of a criminal. It was directed by Nir Paniry and stars Sasha Roiz, Jenny Mollen and Dominic Bogart.
Caliber also is currently shooting Dark Was the Night, a horror film starring Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas and Bianca Kajlich, directed by Heller. It is in post-production on Refuge, a drama starring Krysten Ritter and Brian Geraghty, directed by Jessica Goldberg. And its thriller Enter Nowhere, starring Paxton, Scott Eastwood and Katherine Waterston, will be released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment in April.