LOS ANGELES & NAPLES, Fla. & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amasia Entertainment and American Films, Inc. (Pink Sheets: AMFL) have signed an agreement and are joining forces to bring American Films’ flagship screenplay Reaper to the big screen. Reaper is written by Gary Whitta, the acclaimed screenplay writer of Book of Eli (Denzel Washington), who was recently engaged to write a new Star Wars film project.
American Films Executive Producer Lynne Murphy welcomes Amasia producers Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant (producers of The Call) to the project.
Producing on behalf of American Films are Stewart Hall and Devin Cutler, noted for their production of the Academy Award winning Monster. Joining them is Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert, executive producer of The Walking Dead and producer of American Ultra. Lotus Entertainment is attached to handle foreign sales.
Reaper is the stylish, neo-noir story of Virgil, a private investigator searching for his kidnapped daughter. The hauntingly beautiful and mysterious Delia recruits him to a surreal underworld where the boundaries between life and death become blurred.
Gary Whitta said, "I'm so thrilled to see Reaper back on a track toward production with an exciting producing team that truly believes in the project."
“Sometimes the stars align,” said Executive Producer Lynne Murphy. “Bringing together a Gary Whitta screenplay with all of these accomplished producers is one of those times. We will be able to position Reaper as a successful motion picture franchise for the foreseeable future.”
Hall and Cutler said, “Seeing Reaper’s words come off the page and onto the big screen will give us the greatest satisfaction we can possibly feel as producers.”
Circle of Confusion David Alpert commented, "Reaper has been a passion project for me for well over a decade. I can't wait to finally breathe life into this with such a great group of partners."
Amasia’s Gallo and Helfant added, “We read the script and immediately responded. It’s a project that producers dream about – a commercial franchise that is incredibly well written with intricate characters and intense suspense. We are excited to jump in.”
About American Films, Inc.:
American Films Inc. is an emergent entertainment industry company focused on opportunities for equity investors. In an industry environment that is historically unfavorable to equity participation, American Films seeks to create alternative investment participation vehicles that provide necessary funding to appropriate projects while offering reasonable return on investment and mitigation of the significant business risks traditionally encountered. American Films identifies media products and talent receptive to alternative funding and fair treatment of equity investors, provides vehicles towards accomplishing mutual goals, and provides target-focused leadership incorporating an audit emphasis at all stages of project completion including financing, development, production, distribution, and royalty collection.
About Amasia Entertainment:
Amasia Entertainment principals Helfant and Gallo have produced three films within the last 2 years: The Call starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin, directed by Brad Anderson; and the upcoming Careful What You Wish For, starring Nick Jonas, Isabel Lucas, Paul Sorvino and Dermot Mulroney, directed by Elizabeth Allen; and The Road Within, starring Robbie Sheehan, Dev Patel, Zoe Kravitz, Robert Patrick and Kyra Sedgwick, directed by Gren Wells, one of Variety's 2014 Top Ten Director to Watch. Amasia provided co-financing with Troika Pictures and WWE Studios for The Call; co-financing with Troika Pictures and Hyde Park Entertainment for Careful What You Wish For; and all of the equity financing for The Road Within.
Amasia Entertainment is based in Los Angeles and will produce and finance both motion pictures and television productions for an international audience in conjunction with partners and studios worldwide.