Jordan Schur, the former Geffen Records president, Suretone Records founder and manager of acts including Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top and Lonestar, is jumping squarely into the film business with his Suretone Pictures banner. Schur has set the venerable actor and Daredevil star Vincent D’Onofrio to make his feature directorial debut on The Kid, a Western he will star in with James Franco and Ethan Hawke. Schur has set the film for domestic release with Lionsgate and Red Granite International’s Christian Mercuri will sell overseas territories beginning at Toronto.
At the same time, Schur has set Joe Carnahan to direct Five Against A Bullet, a potential franchise that has a script by Alex Litvak and Carnahan. That film, which once had Bruce Willis attached at Columbia when Schur was partnered in Mimran Schur Pictures, is starting anew, with a director who seems well suited for the material: five elite bodyguards are tasked with keeping safe through the elections a mayoral candidate of the most powerful city in Mexico, after the candidate’s father and previous office holder was murdered. An army of cartel hitmen are gunning for the candidate, under orders of the biggest drug cartel kingpin. Suretone Pictures, Di Bonaventura Pictures and Mimran Schur are behind this, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Schur and Mimran producing. RGI’s Mercuri is selling foreign on that one, and domestic distribution hasn’t been set.
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Schur funded development of both projects and is financing production as well, with his own money and some raised from silent partners. He has several projects behind this one, as he focuses on slate building. Schur, whose past feature credits include the Robert De Niro and Edward Norton-starrer Stone and the Tom Hardy-starrer Warrior, also remains very active in music: Fleetwood Mac has charted as 2015’s top touring artists in the world, in gross revenues and highest average ticket price.
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