Giovanni Di Stefano CEO Carolco Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Eagle Lion Films Announces Eighteen New Films in Development

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The Head of three historic film companies,International lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano, announced from New York 18 new films in development and pre production that would be based in London, Rome and Belgrade. The titles include remakes of films previously released by the companies and would be produced with famous artist Viktor Galliano creator of Zadora comic strip.

I am proud to have awoken sleeping giants and those giants will be nurtured with the some great films

Giovanni Di Stefano the Chairman and CEO of Carolco Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Studios and Eagle Lion Films announced a package of new films in development and pre production. Mr Di Stefano confirmed that he had combined all three film companies into one entity known as Carolco-S Goldwyn-Eagle Lion Films and presented the combined logo.

From New York Mr Di Stefano said: “ Many have combined companies we did in the 1980’s at MGM which became MGM/UA and combining my record companies MGM Records, Pye Records and Pathe Records has gone well and producing results so there is no reason why these three historic companies cannot as a combined force produce great films.”

Together with famous artist Viktor Galliano all films will be presented as “ Giovanni Di Stefano and Viktor Galliano” and said Mr Di Stefano that with the “invaluable help of a famous artist and his creative abilities will raise a new dimension into film making. His detective Zadora will be as good if not better than SpiderMan, Batman et al,” said Di Stefano.

Samuel Goldwyn Studio was the name that Samuel Goldwyn used to refer to the Pickford-Fairbanks Studios lot and the offices and stages that his company, Goldwyn Pictures, rented there during the 1920s and 1930s. Warner Bros. sold the studio lot in 1999.

Carolco Pictures, was an independent production company that, within a decade, went from producing such blockbuster successes as Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the first three movies of the Rambo series (First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, and Rambo III) to being made bankrupt by box office bombs such as Cutthroat Island and Showgirls.

Eagle-Lion Films was a British film production company owned by J. Arthur Rank intended to release British productions in the United States. In 1947 it acquired PRC Pictures, a small American production company, to produce B Pictures to accompany the British releases. The studio became one of the most respected makers of B-movies.

Di Stefano announced a package of 18 films in development and pre production and that they would be based in the UK, Serbia, and Italy thus generating film production for those countries and employment for their experienced film making facilities.
Mr Di Stefano said he was “proud to have awoken sleeping giants and that those giants will be nurtured with the following titles,” he said:
AVA: A film based on the life of Ava Gardner
AGE OF CONSENT: a remake of the 1969 film with James Mason
DANGER MAN: a film based on the tv cult series
THE MONACO AFFAIR: a story about the occupation of the Nazi in 1944 of Monaco and how Prince Luis saved many from the concentration camps
ZADORA: the cartoon series created by Viktor Galliano
JARABO: a film based on the famous Spanish murderer who was executed in 1959
LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME: a remake of the Doris Day/James Cagney musical
RIN TIN TIN: the story of the dog saved from the WWI trenches
THE BARON: film based on the tv cult series
THE SCARLET PIMPERNELL: remake of the famous historical costume drama with a special twist in the plot
THE YELLOW ROLLS ROYCE: remake of the classic film with three stories into one film
GREEN FOR DANGER: remake of the Trevor Howard film where after the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate
BEHIND LOCKED DOORS: remake of the 1948 film where a well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private investigator and asks him to pretend to be insane, so that he can get inside the sanitarium and look for the judge
SINCE YOU WENT AWAY: remake of the Claudet Colbert 1943 film about a husband being away during the war and the family drama with a new twist
RUTHLESS: remake of the 1948 film where Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by richer neighbors he starts to exhibit an obsessive and selfish urge to make more and more money, loving and leaving women at will to further this end…a great unexpected ending
INTERMEZZO: remake of the David O Selznick 1939 film with a new plot in modern surroundings
SEI PERSONAGGI IN CERCA: six 90 minute films based on famous Italian actors
CI5 RETURN OF THE PROFESSIONALS: film of the tv cult series

Mr Di Stefano stated that “within the story lines of films previously produced and released by the three great companies there remains considerable material to allow us to entertain an audience for years to come. The film industry is a business but it’s a business based upon entertainment. I have no cause to make films that have as its principle theme a message. As Goldwyn used to say: if you want a message go to Western Union its cheaper. I will adher to that policy as I am advancing his name as part of the company and will not betray the principles that films are for entertainment.”

Mr Di Stefano added that “music for our films will be directly from artists that are with our record labels MGM-PYE-PATHE RECORDS. We have a host of new talent and they will get a chance to write music for all our films.”


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