Film vets Ruddy, Grodnik, Hamilton hang Crazy Max shingle


Producers Al Ruddy, Dan Grodnik and Arclight Films' Gary Hamilton have formed a new production company, Crazy Max Films.

Arclight will handle international sales for the films, the first two of which are being introduced at Cannes.

They are "Second Wind," a $20 million action-thriller from writer-director Wayne Kramer ("The Cooler"), and "Carjacked," written by Marylin and Michael Crawford and directed by Dan Reed ("Straightheads").

"Second Wind" centers on a terminally ill hitman who decides to make amends by turning on a mob boss to save the lives of his intended victims. "Carjacked," which Michael Greenfield will executive produce, is a thriller about a single mother and her child who are carjacked by a bank robber.

The Oscar-winning Ruddy ("Million Dollar Baby") is no stranger to action films, also having produced "The Cannonball Run" and its sequel. He described the new company's direction as "what I like to call expensive low-budget movies. They'll be high-concept, testerone-driven action movies with important elements."

Ruddy and Grodnik most recently produced "Camille," starring Sienna Miller. (partialdiff)