Indie production outfit Unified Pictures has announced the launch of a feature film slate financing fund, with the fund’s first project to be the thriller American Violence, a joint production with di Bonaventura Pictures. The fund, launched in partnership with Canada-based venture capital firm Victory Square Labs, will finance a yearly minimum of three films at up to $15 million per film.
To be directed by Johnny Hardstaff and written by Dan Hannon and Scott Sandler, American Violence, follows a social recluse, Zach Bauer, who becomes a hero after effortlessly eliminating several terrorists in a hostage situation. In the aftermath, his mental state is brought into question and he must undergo psychological evaluation under a doctor who becomes surprised by his indifference, and fearful of his abilities. When she fails to empathize with him, Zach takes drastic steps to place her in a deadly situation in attempt to change her perspective. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce alongside Keith Kjarval, and Unified’s Tyler Jackson will co-produce.
The project adds to Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s already busy slate. Among the upcoming projects he has a hand in, he’s producing the Jason Statham action thriller Meg, based on the novel of the same name about a prehistoric shark that John Turtletaub is directing. It’s currently in pre-production. di Bonaventura is also producing the Mark Wahlberg-starring Deepwater Horizon about the 2010 ecological disaster, set for release September 30. Other projects include the television series Dead Rising, and the film American Assassin.
The deals for the co-production were negotiated by WME, who are repping the slate and the film.