— Andy Serkis, the actor who will play Gollum again in Guillermo Del Toro’s Hobbit, plans to direct his first feature next year. Serkis has formed a production company, Caveman Films, with Bridget Jones producer Jonathan Cavendish. Serkis tells me it’s a psychological thriller. Caveman’s first co-production, Alicia Duffy’s All the Good Children, is playing in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar.
— Imagenation Abu Dhabi, the Emirati film fund which announced its first local production Sea Shadow, will shortly announce its next three projects: a horror movie, a thriller and a comedy. Stefan Brunner, COO of Imagenation, hopes these genre movies will change the way Arab movies are perceived internationally.
— Chad St John is to direct Four Kings of Ruin. The in-demand scriptwriter, who’s penning a Spy Hunter movie based on the 80s arcade game for Warner Bros., is planning to go behind the camera. He is set to write and direct The Four Kings of Ruin for indie Lleju Productions. Houston-based Lleju hopes to start filming in Louisiana spring 2011. St John is also penning Sgt Rock for producer Joel Silver and Warner. “The Four Kings of Ruin is a straight-ahead revenge thriller,” Lleju CEO Bill Perkins tells me. “It’s Payback without the comedy.”