EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Films has pacted with Russian businessman Andrey Georgiev on its upcoming slate of films as an investor and executive producer, including The Outpost, a film about American military valor based on CNN anchor and Chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper’s best-selling book about one of the deadliest battles in Afghanistan.
Georgiev works in the field of energy-exploration and the production of gas condensate and is said to be a patron of the arts.
The complete list of films Georgiev will be involved in are some of the biggest projects on Millennium Films’ slate including: Angel Has Fallen (the third installment of the Olympus Has Fallen franchise, which will release on August 23); The Outpost, based on Tapper’s New York Times‘ best-seller The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, starring Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones and Orlando Bloom (directed by Rod Lurie); Blackbird starring Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska, Rainn Wilson and Sam Neill; Red Sonja, which is in development and is the adaptation of the well-known comic book series; Poison Rose with John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Brendan Fraser and Famke Janssen; Kill Chain with Nicolas Cage and Ryan Kwanten; and franchise favorite Rambo V starring Sylvester Stallone.
The Outpost as well as Rambo V and Blackbird are currently in post-production.
It’s unclear how the two businessmen met and Millennium Chairman and Founder, Avi Lerner, was unavailable for comment. He said in a statement to Deadline: “We’re looking forward to working with Georgiev. He’ll provide new investment opportunities in the development of future productions, giving Millennium new paths to forge.”
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Born in Novosibirsk, Russia, Georgiev’s is chairman of Rusneftekhim which began in 2005 as a crude oil trader in Russia, and subsequently concluded processing contracts with Russian refineries. Rusneftekhim was a group of companies that in 2011/2012 was transformed into a vertically integrated structure. In 2012, Rusneftekhim acquired 100% of the shares of Resources Yamala. The company owns nine highly productive deep wells on the Urengoyskoye gas condensate field, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area (YaNAO) in West Siberia, Russia.
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