Cannes: Adrien Brody Launches Production Shingle Fable House

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The new company has $50 million in development and production funding from Nigerian and Chinese backers to make films for the Chinese and international marketplace.

Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody has launched his own production shingle, Fable House, with $50 million in backing from Nigerian and Chinese investors.

Nigerian entrepreneur Kola Aluko and Sparkle Roll Culture Media, a Beijing-based production group 50 percent owned by Jackie Chan, will be partners in Fable House. Aluko has put up $30 million toward development and production at the new firm. A further $20 million will come from Chinese start-up financier Beijing Cultural Assets Chinese Film & Television Fund.

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Manhattan Nocturne, a murder mystery in which Brody will star opposite Campbell Scott and Yvonne Strahovski, will be the first film to go into production under the new label. Brian DeCubellis, who wrote the script, will direct in his feature debut. DeCubellis will produce alongside Brody and Scott.

The project, which was first unveiled in Berlin, will see Brody play a journalist who investigates an unsolved murder on behalf of the murdered man's widow. The film, an adaptation of the novel by Colin Harrison, will begin shooting this Fall. 13 Films is handling international sales with Paradigm representing U.S. rights.

“Fable House will provide a doorway to imagination,” Brody said in a statement. “Our objectives are simple: to make the kinds of films that don’t often get made, to play a larger role as storyteller, and to help filmmakers with a unique vision to have a voice.”

Brody will produce all the films on the Fable House slate and star in select titles.