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CROSS CREEK PICTURES TO PRODUCE THE CREED OF VIOLENCE


 

THREE-TIME ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE TODD FIELD TO ADAPT THE NOVEL BY BOSTON TERAN

LOS ANGELES, CA (MAY 18, 2012) - Cross Creek Pictures will produce and finance THE CREED OF VIOLENCE, to be written and directed by three-time Academy Award® nominated writer and director Todd Field (IN THE BEDROOM, LITTLE CHILDREN). The movie is based on the acclaimed novel by Boston Teran.

Cross Creek's Academy Award® nominated producer Brian Oliver will produce along with Field and two-time Academy Award® nominated producer Michael DeLuca (MONEYBALL, THE SOCIAL NETWORK). The production is targeting an early 2013 start date to shoot in both the American Southwest and parts of Mexico. The movie will be distributed by Universal Pictures through their deal with Cross Creek.

“The Creed of Violence” is the fifth novel by Boston Teran, the secretive writer who penned the cult-favorite tome "God Is a Bullet." The story portrays the 1910 Mexican revolution via the gun sights of an unlikely duo: Rawbone, a hardened small-time assassin, and John Lourdes, a young Bureau of Investigation agent. The two are forced to work together to infiltrate the Mexican criminal underground, encountering a snake's nest of thieves, smugglers and professional killers.

“The book and Todd’s adaptation remind me of Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” said Oliver. “Teran’s novel brings a unique perspective to U.S. imperialism for oil in the early 20th century. We are confident that Todd’s skill for deeply felt, emotionally resonant characters combined with this action-packed story will make for an epic, influential film.”

 

About Cross Creek Pictures:
Cross Creek Pictures, formed by Timmy Thompson and Brian Oliver, is an independent film production and finance company that has a mandate of developing and strengthening the collaborative relationship between filmmakers and financiers. The firm recently inked a deal with Universal Pictures for a three-year distribution deal that will cover a minimum of six pictures produced and financed by Cross Creek Pictures.

The company fully finances its films through its private equity fund, tax incentives and international sales. The goal is to finance up to five films a year with ranging budgets. The company currently has over ten projects in various stages of development, including: BLACK MASS, which Russell Gerwitz (INSIDE MAN) is adapting from a book of the same title and tells the true story of an unholy alliance between the FBI and the Boston Irish mob led by James “Whitey” Bulger; the comedy BATHING SUITS, written by Buck Henry; MCQUEEN, a Steve McQueen biopic written by James Gray and starring Jeremy Renner; and the crime drama DELIVERING GEN, written by Kurt Sutter.

Cross Creek’s first production, Darren Aronofsky’s BLACK SWAN, grossed approximately $330 million worldwide. The company premiered George Clooney’s THE IDES OF MARCH at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, which garnered four Golden Globe nominations, and an Academy award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Cross Creek released THE WOMAN IN BLACK, starring Daniel Radcliffe, in February 2012. To date, it has grossed over $140 million worldwide. The company is currently in production on RUSH, the story of British Formula One driver James Hunt, which will star Chris Hemsworth, with Ron Howard directing, and recently wrapped production on ARTHUR NEWMAN starring Colin Firth and Emily Blunt.

 

About Michael Deluca Productions:
A former production chief for DreamWorks and New Line Cinema, MICHAEL DE LUCA (Producer) founded Michael De Luca Productions in March of 2004 and has a development and production agreement with Columbia Pictures.

De Luca focus’ his production company on developing appropriately budgeted, provocative specialized films with visionary filmmakers, and pop culture, mainstream genre films with franchise potential. His projects as a producer for Columbia have include the multiple Academy Award nominated films MONEYBALL and THE SOCIAL NETWOK as well as Jon Favreau's science fiction adventure ZATHURA: A Space Adventure, adapted from a book by Chris Van Allsburg; GHOST RIDER, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Mark Steven Johnson; and 21, based on the book Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich as well as the GHOST RIDER sequel and FRIGHT NIGHT, starring Colin Farrell for DreamWorks.

His upcoming films include BUTTER, starring Jennifer Garner for The Weinstein Company.

Prior to forming Michael De Luca Productions, De Luca served as DreamWorks' Head of Production. At DreamWorks, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the live-action division and the production of such films as Todd Phillips' Old School and Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's hit comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, as well as Head of State and "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton." He previously spent seven years as President and COO of New Line Productions. During his tenure, he created the highly successful Friday, Austin Powers and Rush Hour franchises. He championed such groundbreaking sleeper hits as Se7en, Wag the Dog, Pleasantville, and Boogie Nights, and launched the directing careers of Jay Roach, Brett Ratner, Gary Ross, Allen & Albert Hughes, F. Gary Gray, and the Farrelly brothers, among others.