Gap2000 Partners With Vladar On ‘Retardation’
Former recruitment exec Premila Puri Makh was born in Mumbai, grew up in the Netherlands and now lives in London, which she uses as a production base for a burgeoning slate of feature projects from her GAP2000 Films and Ariana Entertainment companies. Via GAP2000, which Premila built with her brother, writer-director Sameer Puri, she’s producing Retardation, a psychological suspense thriller about a man who wakes up with no memory and has to figure out where he comes from. GAP2000 has just partnered with NY-based The Vladar Company (Head Smash) to develop the project which they will shoot in India – and in English – in February 2014. Sameer Puri wrote the script and will direct. Partners are circling including a major U.S. sales company. The movie is being cast with well-known Indian actors from the indie scene and Premila has locked New York City rock band Deadbeat Darling for music. GAP is focusing on Indian films that will decidedly stray from the western vision of Bollywood cinema. “They’re stories that appeal from Puerto Rico to Bangkok,” Premila tells Deadline. Next is a fantasy romance The White Room (working title) also to be shot in India. On the Ariana slate are a series of non-Indian projects across varied genres. In development is The Oliviers Down Under, a script by Lyndsy Spence about Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh during a period they spent in Australia. The movie will be a UK-Oz co-production. The other project is Billion Dollar Raja, based on the true story of the investigation and arrest of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam. Premila’s collaborating with LA-based 108 Productions on the movie to be directed by Nayan Padrai, and she’s also exec producing the documentary Beyond Bollywood.

Tom Hanks-Starrer ‘Captain Phillips’ To Open BFI London Film Fest
Sony‘s Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass, will be the opening night film at the 57th BFI London Film Festival held October 9-20. The fest made the announcement today. Greengrass and Hanks are both expected to attend the London festival. Hanks stars as Captain Richard Phillips, commanding officer of the US container ship Maersk Alabama which is hijacked by Somali pirates, based on the real life 2009 incident. The awards hopeful is written by Billy Ray from Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty’s book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea and produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca.