Three films trigger Corona Pictures slate

London-based shingle has two-pic deal with Charles Dance

LONDON -- Veteran producer Gary Kurtz, whose credits include "Star Wars" and "The Empire Strikes Back," and indie producer Richard Johns have teamed with former City mergers and acquisitions exec Rupert Jermyn and Universal Pictures veteran Julian Alcantara to form Corona Pictures.

The London-based shingle has kicked things off by inking a two-picture deal with writer-director Charles Dance ("Ladies in Lavender").

Dance is lined up to direct the noir drama "The Last Hand," a script about the past and present lives of a 1960s gangster's moll. The former actor also is in line to helm "Last Chance Saloon," billed as a country-and-western dance spectacular set in the British Midlands featuring Dolly Parton.

Corona's slate also includes "Obsession," a New York-set psychological thriller written by Rob Green and to be directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan ("The Heart of Me").