Paradox opens Grey Matter for features

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NEW YORK -- Production outfit Paradox Entertainment is launching Grey Matter, an internal genre division dedicated to producing features for video and limited theatrical release with budgets of up to $5 million.

Fredrik Malmberg, the company's president and CEO, has appointed Daniel Wagner vp production and Thommy Wojciechowski vp development to lead the new label.

Grey Matter's first project will be the horror film "Pigman Road," written by Catherine Trillo and Wojciechowski, featuring a disturbing antagonist the company hopes to use in sequels. Music video director Roman White (Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and Lonestar's "Mr. Mom") is attached to make his feature directorial debut with the project, which is tentatively set to begin shooting in the summer. Two other Grey Matter horror films are now in development.

Wojciechowski, formerly manager of creative affairs at Paradox, has worked with the company for two years. Wagner has produced features for Swedish production outfit Tre Vanner.

Paradox's upcoming big-budget films include "Conan the Barbarian" with Warner Bros. Pictures and "The Mutant Chronicles" with Edward R. Pressman Film Corp.

Paradox is developing several non-Grey Matter films based on author Robert E. Howard's characters, most of which were acquired by the company last year. Other upcoming Howard features include "Conan," the Western "Vultures," the action-adventure "Solomon Kane" with Davis Films and the fantasy "Bran Mak Morn" with Working Title and Universal Pictures.

The company also is developing video, online and role-playing games, comics, toys, collectibles and armor replicas based on its properties, including a Conan video and online game. "Mutant Chronicles," set for a 2008 release, is based on the eponymous Paradox-owned title.
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