Flatiron, Aesop in film pact


U.K. development banner Flatiron Films and Aesop Entertainment, which has offices in L.A., London and Switzerland, is teaming on an all new collaborative filmmaking initiative here and spent AFM talking up the intriguing approach with financiers and partners.

The duo of companies are tasking director Richard Davenport with the task of putting together the project that will see three pictures made at the same time under one roof.

The idea, an Aesop spokesperson said, is to unite a creative family modeled on the lines of a rep theater company and have talent pitch in across several roles and play parts in all three movies.

The movies will be based on a mix of existing stage material including French farce "A Flea In Her Ear" originally written by Georges Feydeau and an original movie script entitled "All Hot And Bothered."

"It's like a rep company. The show goes on with whoever that's good ?enough to show up," said producer Lizzie Taylor.

The project has already attracted backing from behind the lens talent including Davenport, director Barry Edelstein and writers Gabriel Gbadamosi, Susan Roether, Simon Kelton.

Aesop Entertainment president Michael Kasher, former director at Etchie Stroh's Moonstone Entertainment, will exec produce the project.

"We have the imagination, we only work with good people," Kasher said adding "each deal is different."

The project is set to shoot in February next year pending casting and financing and the team has been holding extensive talks with sales agents here.

"It's about craft, talent and technology," said Aesop cof-founder and former New Regency sales agent Susannah Davies.

The companies are also in negotiations with BBC Films former chief David Thompson, who has an extensive first look deal with his former employers.

Taylor also works as a U.S. consultant for the U.K. broadcaster's filmmaking arm.