Magazine article Screen International

Alexei Boltho, Rhodri Thomas Launch RAY Pictures Backed by Endeavor Content

Magazine article Screen International

Alexei Boltho, Rhodri Thomas Launch RAY Pictures Backed by Endeavor Content

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Projects on debut slate include Aquarium starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Alexei Boltho and Rhodri Thomas, the former partners at UK production outfit The Ink Factory whose credits include The Night Manager, have officially launched their new production company RAY Pictures.

The company has backing from US sales and packaging outfit Endeavor Content and private asset management firm MediaNet Partners. It will be based in London and Los Angeles.

RAY Pictures will develop, finance and produce work across multiple platforms, with a focus on premium scripted drama and feature films.

Boltho and Thomas are launching with a debut slate that includes Aquarium, adapted from David Vann’s book by Marnie Dickens (Gold Digger), to be directed by debut feature director Lauren Caris Cohan and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Further casting is underway.

The novel follows a 12-year-old who lives alone with her mother -a docker at the local container port - in subsidized housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, she visits the local aquarium to study the fish.

Also on the slate is a feature adaptation of John Boyne’s novel, A Ladder To The Sky, and a Tokyo-set television series, Occupied City, written by Ben Hervey (Taboo) from the novel by David Peace. …

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