Film vets set up Crazy Max

Ruddy, Grodnik, Hamilton launch shingle

CANNES -- Producers Al Ruddy, Dan Grodnik and Arclight Films' Gary Hamilton have formed the production company Crazy Max Films.

Arclight will handle international sales for the films, the first two of which are being introduced here 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" concerns a terminally ill hit-man who decides to make amends by turning on a mob boss and saving the lives of his intended victims. "Carjacked," which Michael Greenfield will exec produce, is a thriller about a single mother and her child who are carjacked by a bank robber.

Oscar winner Ruddy ("Million Dollar Baby," "The Godfather") is no stranger to action pics, 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, testosterone-driven action movies with important elements."

Ruddy and Grodnik most recently produced "Camille," starring Sienna Miller and James Franco, and directed by Gregory Mackenzie.