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First Line Entertainment and producer Edward Bass are partnering to launch three features, including the thriller “As Good As Dead,” starring Andie MacDowell, Brian Cox and Cary Elwes, which is being produced by FLE and Eclectic Pictures.
The other projects are Nick Stagliano’s modern-day Western “Good Day for It” and “The Shadow of the Shah,” a biopic about the Shah of Iran’s twin sister.
“Dead” stars Elwes as Ethan, a left-wing extremist who goes on the run after killing the reverend (Cox) behind a white supremacist group. MacDowell plays the widow who hunts him down with two redneck accomplices (Frank Whaley, Matt Dallas). Jess Weixler also stars.
Jonathan Mossek is directing the feature, which he wrote with Erez Mossek and Eve Pomerance. Bass, Heidi Jo Markel, Pomerance and Jordan Gertner are producers, with Hubert Gibbs as executive producer. Principal photography is under way in New York.
“Dead” is one of several projects in the works since FLE recently acquired Edward Bass Prods. (“Bobby”). They acquired all worldwide rights to “Good Day for It,” the tale of a man who returns home to face gang members who forced him out of his small town. The film is in preproduction.
Stagliano is helming, writing with James Canfield Wolf and producing through his Nazz Prods. banner along with Bass, Lou Digiaimo Jr. and Thomas Rondinella. Casting director Lou Digiaimo is exec producing with Mark Victor and Gibbs.
Bass, FLE and Prince Cyrus Pahlavi will produce a Bass-scripted biopic about
the prince’s grandmother, Princess Ashraf Pahlavi. Dubbed “The Black Panther” by the press, the Shah’s twin sister supported Iranian women’s rights before the 1979 revolution forced her into exile.
Other Bass projects include the just-wrapped thriller “The Killing Jar,” starring Michael Madsen, and a sequel to the 1963 screwball comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” produced with Karen Sharpe Kramer, the widow of “Mad, Mad” director Stanley Kramer. (partialdiff)
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