EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed rising helmer Gary Shore and his ArtCastle label. Shore directed the upcoming Universal Pictures film Dracula Untold. With producer Jonathan Loughran (The F Word), Shore operates ArtCastle from Los Angeles and Dublin. The filmmaker first got notice here after Loughran circulated his trailer Cup Of Tears, going viral with it. That led to a bidding battle and a deal with Working Title to develop a feature version, which in turn led to a three-picture deal with Universal for ArtCastle that started Dracula Untold. The bloodsucker stars Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper and Sarah Gadon and will be released in October. The company’s goal is to develop film and TV for Shore to direct and produce, as they continue to be a catalyst in financing and producing films that will shoot in Ireland.
Among the projects ArtCastle is percolating: 38, an action thriller scripted by In America‘s Naomi Sheridan; The Ranger, a revenge thriller set during the Irish famine that will star Brendan Gleeson and be directed by PJ Dillon; the Pierce Brosnan-starrer Last Man Out, scripted by TV host/writer/director Craig Ferguson & Ted Mulkerin; and the period epic Hound Of Erin, based on the Irish mythological heroic figure Cú Chulainn.
Shore continues to be represented by Anonymous Content for management in L.A. and 42 in the UK.