Argo and World War Z producer Tim Headington and former music industry exec Theresa Steele Page have launched Ley Line Entertainment, a development, production and financing company that already has a slate of projects across film, TV, theater and music.
In the pipeline at launch is a musical based on Brian Selznick’s 2007 novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was turned into the 2011 Martin Scorsese film that Headington produced and which won five Oscars. Selznick is writing the libretto now, with a 2011 West End bow planned. Ley Line is also working on a musical based on the music of Max Martin to bow in London in November 2019.
On the film side, the company co-produced Light From Light, Paul Harrill’s pic starring Martin Ireland and Jim Gaffigan that will world premiere in the NEXT section at Sundance in January. It also is co-financing and co-producing David Lowery’s recently announced The Green Knight, a retelling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tale that is set up with A24 and BRON.
Also on the slate is a bio-documentary of Beach Boy icon Brian Wilson from director Brent Wilson (no relation), which Ley Line financed and produced for a likely 2019 release, and films based on Ronlyn Domingue’s novel The Mercy of Thin Air and the Atom Games title Pinstripe.
“We started this company in order to foster both new and established talent while telling unique and meaningful stories across a broad range of mediums,” said Headington in a release announcing the news. “I’m looking forward to embarking on a long and creative partnership with Theresa.”
Added Page, who as a music industry and advertising executive helped oversee the career development of the likes of Britney Spears, NSYNC, Justin Timberlake and Backstreet Boys: “Tim and I have diverse and complementary professional backgrounds and artistic tastes. I feel really good about the current lineup of projects we have and I’m excited to find and support the next generation of artists.”