After making a splash by funding the wildly profitable Darren Aronofsky-directed Black Swan, Timmy Thompson and Brian Oliver’s Cross Creek Pictures has become an increasing presence in the independent film producing and finance game. To help manage the growing project volume, they’ve hired Becky Sloviter to be senior vice president of development and production. She started work yesterday and had most recently been veep of development and production at MGM, where she worked on such titles as the Kevin James-starrer Zookeeper and the Drew Goddard-directed The Cabin in the Woods, as well as the musical Valley Girl which is on a fast track at MGM. Before that, Sloviter had been a production exec at Stuber/Parent Productions.
Cross Creek’s goal is to fund up to five films a year, homegrown or otherwise. The company has over 10 projects percolating, including a film about alleged Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger that Russell Gewirtz is writing based on the book Black Mass; the Buck Henry-scripted comedy Bathing Suits; the Steve McQueen biopic McQueen that has Jeremy Renner attached and is being written by James Gray; Delivering Gen by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter; and an untitled Colin Firth/Emily Blunt project. Cross Creek has the George Clooney-directed The Ides Of March opening the Venice Film Festival, with the Daniel Radcliffe-starrer The Woman in Black set for release by CBS Films. The company’s next effort is the Ron Howard-directed Formula One drama Rush, which will star Chris Hemsworth.