29 October, 2013 | By Andreas Wiseman
UK-based production outfit SunnyMarch, run by Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland, Ben Dillon and Adam Selves, is launching with short Little Favour, a £87,000 action-thriller starring Cumberbatch, Colin Salmon and Nick Moran.
ScreenDaily yesterday sat down with white-hot Star Trek and Sherlock star Cumberbatch and his fellow-producers.
“We’re at an exciting juncture,” Cumberbatch told Screen. “We’ve made our first effort as a team and we’re aiming to make a concrete statement in the next few months about what we’re going to do next. We want a varied slate. There will be a feature to announce in the next few months.”
“We have scripts in development and books that we’re looking to option,” he continued. “We have links through my agency here and in the US to facilitate that. It’s about building a reputation and slate off the back of this short.”
Cumberbatch met former AD Ackland during shoot for BBC mini-series The Last Enemy. Little Favour writer-director Monroe is a former personal trainer to Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy while action vehicle coordinator Dillon has worked on titles including Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Kick Ass 2, Hummingbird and Killer Elite.
Ackland added: “We want to tell different stories via quality independent films. Action-thrillers are a direction we want to go in but it’s not the only direction”. Selves is currently writing a feature for the slate, which could be one of the first to go into production.
Little Favour saw its UK premiere last night in London and, according to the producers, is already top of iTunes’ short film chart in a number of the 75 territories it is playing in.
The film raised three times its intended budget via crowd-funding platform Indiegogo. In an unusual move, the team plans to reimburse investors if the film makes back its budget through iTunes sales.
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