Cannes: Film Bridge, John Boorman's Merlin Films Sign Two-Picture Deal

John Boorman

The firms will team up on heist film 'Underground,' which Boorman will direct, and action thriller 'Assassins Club,' from 'Vikings' director Stephen Saint Leger.

Film Bridge International, an indie entertainment company set up by producer Ellen Wander (Spinning Man), has inked a two-picture production deal with Irish-based Merlin Film, headed by Kieran Corrigan and veteran film director John Boorman (Deliverance, Excalibur). 

Wander, Corrigan, and Boorman will partner on the heist film Underground, which Boorman will direct from a script he co-wrote with Ted Campbell, and on the gritty, action thriller Assassins Club, from Irish filmmaker Stephen Saint Leger (TV's Vikings).

Set in Boston, Underground follows an Irish mob family struggling to get out of the business who are tempted by one last job when they discover an abandoned tunnel beneath jewelry store Tiffany & Company.

Boorman received best directing Oscar nominations for Deliverance in 1972 and for 1987's Hope and Glory. His most recent picture, Queen & Country, premiered at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2014.

In Assassins Club, eight hitmen are each given contracts to kill one another. The only way out is for one assassin — Morgan — to leave a trail of bodies behind and find who set them all up.

Saint Leger is an acclaimed commercial and television director who made his feature film debut with 2012's crime actioner Lockout, starring Guy Pearce.

Wander is handling worldwide sales on both Underground and Assassins Club and is introducing the films to buyers in Cannes this week. Casting will be announced later this week.