Magazine article Screen International

Killer Films Boss Christine Vachon on Amazon Deal, Upcoming Slate

Magazine article Screen International

Killer Films Boss Christine Vachon on Amazon Deal, Upcoming Slate

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Speaking in Zurich, the Killer Films co-founder discussed projects with Todd Haynes and Todd Solondz.

Z: The Beginning Of Everything

Speaking in Zurich, Christine Vachon, co-founder of Killer Films, has given further details of why the company - one of the stalwarts of the US independent scene for more than two decades - signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios earlier this year.

“Obviously, the fact that [producer] Ted Hope went in to manage a lot of the film side [at Amazon] was a tremendous pull for us because Ted and I have worked together for many years and have a lot of mutual respect for each other,” Vachon explained.

Killer Films has done one TV show with Amazon thus far (Z: The Beginning Of Everything). “We hope to do more. [The Amazon deal] just seemed to make a lot of sense from a pragmatic point of view. There was a lot in common. The kind of content they want to create feels very close to what Killer does.”

Todd Haynes is preparing a TV series on “a major figure of the 20th century” (Vachon wouldn’t disclose which one), which is likely to be made with Amazon.

Haynes’ latest feature Wonderstruck has just screened at San Sebastian and is screening at the BFI London Film Festival this week as the Journey Gala. The prolific US director is also currently working on his much-hyped Velvet Underground documentary.

Now in business with Amazon, Killer has also on occasion sold films to Netflix, among them Elizabeth Wood’s White Girl (which was still able to secure a small theatrical release through Film Rise). “We’re in the process of potentially making a film with them now but we haven’t done any television with them yet,” she said of Netflix.

As ever, Killer has several projects in the pipeline. One of the more intriguing is Brady Corbet’s second feature as a director, Vox Lux, due to shoot by the end of the year and on which Killer is partnering with Bold Films.

“I knew Brady as an actor first and foremost. Then I did see his previous film (The Childhood Of A Leader) and I was very impressed by it, especially as a first film. When he brought us this script, we were very open to it.”

Colette, a biopic of the French novelist starring Keira Knightley, is in post-production. Killer co-produced with Bold and with Number 9 Films, its partners on Carol. …

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