Dan Kolsrud to join MGM

Producer recruited by Mary Parent

Mary Parent has recruited another player for the MGM team. The Worldwide Motion Picture Group chairman has coaxed aboard veteran TV and film producer Dan Kolsrud as the resurgent studio's executive vp Worldwide Theatrical Physical Production.

Kolsrud joins executive vp development Cale Boyter and vp production Becky Sloviter on Parent's growing executive roster.

The Lion tamers will strive to ramp up MGM's in-house development, production, marketing and distribution capabilities enough to meet the optimistic goal of rolling out wholly identified Parent product by fourth quarter 2009. Much of next year's slate will remain stocked with third-party distribution deals and acquisitions, but the studio hopes to unveil a strong collection of films in 2010 that will define its product for the following decade.

Kolsrud will be the on-the-ground lieutenant managing that sizable and stressful production effort. His immediate future -- once the SAG-AMPTP contretemps is settled -- will likely involve a "Fame" remake with 23-year-old wunderkind choreographer Kevin Tancharoen behind the camera, and a "Thomas Crown Affair" sequel.

Remakes of "Red Dawn" and "RoboCop" are in development, as is a potential franchise in Robert Ludlum's "The Matarese Circle" and several recently purchased comedy specs: "The Zookeeper," "Bobism" and "Executive VP David M. Murch's Adventures in the Land of Zametherea."

After working as a television producer and director, Kolsrud's film career included work on "Se7en," "L.A. Confidential," "Grumpy Old Men," "The Fog," and "Bicentennial Man." Kolsrud also served as a first assistant director on such films as "Spaceballs," "Howard the Duck," "The Goonies," "Xanadu" and "Coal Miner's Daughter." His most recent assignment was executive producer of "Cirque du Freak," adapted by Brian Helgeland for director Paul Weitz at Universal.

"His familiarity with such a wide variance of films, both creatively as well as budgetary, and with directors of all levels affords him invaluable knowledge and insights that will greatly benefit our productions and our filmmakers," said Parent in a statement.

Since taking over the reins of MGM four months ago, Parent has aggressively pursued executive talent as well as material, spending big bank on specs and pre-existing source material alike. Despite uncertainty about the studio's plans, the selling community has welcomed an additional buyer in a supply-heavy marketplace.

With Kolsrud in place, all interested parties can now turn back to the question everyone has been asking for months (aside from where is Harry Sloan & Co. going to get the green to make these movies): Who will come on to market them?