Fursts in prod'n deal

Overture transitions brothers from exec posts

Sean and Bryan Furst, the producing team-turned-Overture execs, are transitioning to a production deal with the Liberty Media studio.

The brothers' first producing project for Overture, to be made under their rebooted Furst Films banner, will be the thriller "Jar City," on which the pair has come aboard as producers. Overture is developing a remake of the Icelandic-language film, a cult favorite from Baltasar Kormakur that centers on a murder investigation in a small town, with Michael Ross writing the script.

The Fursts made their name as producers on such pictures as Miramax's hit-man drama "The Matador" and Lionsgate's Vegas love story "The Cooler," which earned Alec Baldwin an Oscar nomination.

They came to Overture as production execs two years ago, when the company was founded, and helped develop and oversee the Jon Avnet police pic "Righteous Kill" and the Don Cheadle FBI tale "Traitor," among others. They also were instrumental in developing Overture's upcoming bio-thriller "The Crazies."

Overture CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett called the deal a "natural next step in our long and productive relationship with Sean and Bryan."

Robert Kessel, Overture's executive vp production and acquisitions, will continue to lead the studio's production efforts, the company said. Overture is prepping "Jack Goes Boating," a slacker romance that will mark Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut. (partialdiff)