U.K.'s Metrodome enters film production

6:51 AM PST 02/02/2010 by Stuart Kemp, AP

Live action fantasy thriller 'Dragon Fire' is first project

LONDON -- A live action fantasy thriller starring Vinnie Jones and Danny Glover directed by Ryan Little named "Dragon Fire" will kickstart U.K. indie Metrodome Distribution's production arm ambitions.

The distributor is branching out into production with Cinedome and Little's project -- the first to light up the startup division.

Based on the classic story of "Moby Dick," the $5 million-budgeted movie is written by McKay Daines and begins shooting this week in Utah. It will be a joint production between Metrodome CEO Peter Urie and U.S. production and sales outfit Koan Productions.

Metrodome will distribute in the U.K. and Ireland and will hold an equity stake in the movie worldwide, in addition to co-producing the film.

Urie said: "This new production venture forms part of our growth plans in which we [at Metrodome] intend to build additional revenue streams for the company to enhance our successful U.K. distribution operations".

Metrodome's chief has an extensive resume in television production including stints making programs for the BBC and ITV.
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