Top-level talent including Paul Feig, Gurinder Chadha and Anurag Kashyap are on board as leading Hollywood independent Hyde Park Entertainment makes a major launch into the Indian production scene. The company is headed by Ashok Amritraj, the highest-profile Indian executive based in Los Angeles.
Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group is launching a new division, Hyde Park Entertainment Asia which will have an ongoing commitment to Indian and Asian filmmakers, producing producing prolific film and TV projects for global audiences.
EXCLUSIVE: Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment continues its expansion into television with a live-action adaptation of the acclaimed Japanese manga series Bokurano. The series was created by author Mohiro Kitoh and published by Shogakukan Inc.
Hyde Park has tapped veteran writer Charlie Craig (Pretty Little Liars and Freeform’s The Perfectionists) to be showrunner and executive producer. Amritraj will be executive producer, along with Rob Golenberg. Addison Mehr and Priya Amritraj will co-executive produce for Hyde Park.
Netflix will adapt Nidhi Chanani’s bestselling graphic novel Pashminainto an original CG-animated musical. Netflix has teamed with Gurinder Chadha — the Bend It Like Beckham helmer whose Bruce Springsteen-infused coming of age film Blinded By the Light was a Sundance sensation with a $15 million New Line deal — and producer and Hyde Park Entertainment principal Ashok Amritraj, and Chadha’s long-standing writing partner Paul Mayeda Berges.
Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group has acquired the rights to Greg Grandin’s nonfiction book Fordlandia to develop as a potential television series, with acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog attached to direct. Oscar-nominated Christopher Wilkinson (Gemini Man, Pawn Sacrifice) is writing the series adaptation and will executive produce.
Already the most famous Indian producer in Hollywood, Hyde Park Entertainment founder Ashok Amritraj was honored by the French government on Friday.
At a ceremony in Mumbai, Amritraj was presented with the Knight of the Order of Arts and of Letters (Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) medal. Minister of External Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and France’s ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler, presided.
EXCLUSIVE: Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park International has come aboard CJ Entertainment’s horror/thriller remake Hide and Seek, which Joel David Moore adapted and is directing. Cameras roll on Nov. 26 in New York City. Hyde Park is handling all foreign rights.
Huh Jung directed and wrote the original 2013 movie (released by Korean distributor NEW) which clocked 5.6 million admissions and grossed over $35M in South Korea.
Ashok Amritraj has already had two stellar careers: He was a tennis professional who played Grand Slam doubles with his brother Vijay and, after moving to L.A. from India in his early 20s, he set up Hyde Park Entertainment, a successful and prolific indie studio since 1999.
Now, the dapper 60-year-old has been recognized for his least-known role: as a committed agent of change in his native country. At a ceremony Jan. 27 in New Delhi, the United Nations appointed Amritraj as U.N. in India Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals. He was honored for his work across 17 development programs, including poverty and hunger alleviation, improvements in water and sanitation, and promoting gender equality. U.N. officials praised him as “a powerful advocate” for development and “a pioneering force in bridging India and Hollywood through film and media.”
EXCLUSIVE: Hyde Park-Image Nation and Blumhouse Productions are beginning principal photography next week on Prey, a horror-thriller film directed by Franck Khalfoun ( Amityville: The Awakening).
The logline for the pic, which is written by MTV Scream series scribe David Coggeshall, is being kept under wraps.
After its smash international World Premiere in Venice, director Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes — an absolutely riveting drama about the 2008 home foreclosure crisis — had its North American premiere here at the Telluride Film Festival, and it has set this place ablaze. Despite lots of interest, as there should be, from domestic distributors, Bahrani told me immediately after this morning’s screening that the financiers behind the film are waiting until its Toronto debut next week to finalize anything. Starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon in career-best performances, this movie is not only a no-brainer for a quick distribution deal, it could be the rare — here comes that five letter word you hate so much, studios — drama that also could be a commercial powerhouse. Few films I have seen in recent years have cut so close to the bone as this one does. Americans, in particular, will respond strongly, and if ever there was a word-of-mouth movie, this is it.