Magazine article Screen International

Russian Producer Puts $12M into New Billy Bob Thornton Drama

Magazine article Screen International

Russian Producer Puts $12M into New Billy Bob Thornton Drama

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Alexander Rodnyansky, a well-known Russian film producer, plans to invest up to $12m in the production of Billy Bob Thornton's drama Jayne Mansfield's Car, which will be Rodnyansky's first project in the US.

The production of the film, which is set in the Southern US in the late 1960s, should be completed this year (it is shooting in Georgia). The release is scheduled for 2012.ia.Thornton will act in, direct and also co-wrote the film. The cast also features Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon and Ray Stevenson.

Geyer Kosinski (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Changeling) will be a co-producer of the film. There will be no Russian component in the film.

Pre-sales are expected to be done in Toronto or later at Sundance.

The expansion in the US market is part of Rodnyansky's global plans to build an international film company. …

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