U.K.'s Revolver unleashes Gunslinger

New standalone movie development and production arm

LONDON -- U.K. indie distributor Revolver is setting up a standalone movie development and production arm named Gunslinger, the company said Monday.

Revolver managing director Justin Marciano said the move will fuel company ambitions to develop, finance and produce movies for its own distribution pipe.

Marciano said the company would look to recruit a team of production and development execs for the standalone.

Gunslinger has a number of projects in development and also has urban music maker Mo Ali's directorial debut "Shank" shooting now in the British capital.

Written by Carter, who is also producing alongside Revolver's Nick Taussig, "Shank" is set against a future London where food has replaced drugs and guns as the must have commodity.

"We have been quietly developing film projects for some time now," said Marciano. "Gunslinger allows us to do what many others in the industry can't -- by being in constant contact with the marketplace, we can essentially reverse engineer how we approach film production by delivering a product with the right sized budget to fit its market value."

Adam Deacon, urban musician Ashley 'Bashy' Thomas, Michael Socha, Kaya Scodelario, Jan Uddin and Jennie Jacques have signed up for acting duties in "Shank."