Mt. Hollywood Films, a new Burbank-based indie production outfit focused on working with female and minority roles, has launched its film slate and unveiled that Karen Gillan will direct Tupperware Party, marking her featuring helming debut. The former Doctor Who star and Guardians of the Galaxy regular also wrote and will star in the pic, set to shoot in January in her native Scotland.
The new production company is launching with an eye on five-film slates of midbudget projects in the $10 million-$40 million range focused on popular genres. Each film is fully funded, and each slate expected to complete production during a 12- to 18-month window. Plans are afoot to to broaden into TV sometime next year.
Tupperware Party will be produced by Mt. Hollywood president R. Andru Davies, CEO Albert Gersten and CFO Sloan Martin. Gillan’s producing partner Mali Elfman, Tien Huei Grace Yeh and Claire Mundell also are producing.
“We believe this is a substantial opportunity to engage a very talented and underutilized pool of talent, collaborating on films they’re excited about making,” Davies said. “Along with artist-driven projects, Mt. Hollywood seeks to partner with other production companies on compelling stories that appeal to audiences worldwide.”
Also slated for a production start in early 2017: the female-driven action film Texas Rangers: Z-Unit, written by Mitch Iverson (Voltron).
Gillan just landed a key role in Sony’s Jumanji update and reprises as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. She also co-starred with Ethan Hawke in In a Valley of Violence and is in James Ponsoldt’s The Circle. She is repped by UTA, Troika in the UK and attorney Darren Trattner.