Copyright 2001

[ November 27th 2001]

Producer Amy Robinson and scribe Dana Stevens, who collaborated on For Love of the Game, will reteam with The Lion Sleeps, Stevens' adaptation of the Joyce Carol Oates novel Snake Eyes. Stevens will make the pic her directorial debut.

Robinson will produce with Cobalt Media financing and distributing. Project is in pre-production; lensing begins early next year.

Via her Amy Robinson Prods. shingle, Robinson has also unveiled a slate of projects with which her Gotham-based company is involved. These include 50/50, penned by Raphael Yglesias, which Robinson will produce for Bill Mechanic's Pandemonium; and The Mirror, Charlie Stratton's adaptation of the Lynn Freed novel, to be helmed by Joan Chen.

In The Lion Sleeps, a corporate lawyer doing pro-bono work succeeds in having a convicted murderer's death sentence reduced to a prison term. Upon his release eight years later, the criminal seeks out the lawyer, who attempts to help him integrate back into society. But the relationship between the two men sours when the lawyer grows jealous of the ex-con's growing closeness with his wife.

Robinson, who began her career as an actress appearing in such pics as Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, formed Double Play Prods. in 1982 with Griffin Dunne. With Dunne, she produced such pics as John Sayles' Baby It's You and Sidney Lumet's Running on Empty. In conjunction with Lakeshore Entertainment, Robinson produced Joan Chen's Autumn in New York and recently exec produced Fox's From Hell, helmed by the Hughes brothers. The Robinson-produced Never Again, helmed by Eric Shaeffer, starring Jill Clayburgh and Jeffrey Tambor, will be released by USA Films next year.

Robinson is currently moving forward with Spending, based on the novel by Mary Gordon, penned and to be helmed by Brian Skeet and produced in conjunction with Ian Benson; The Deep Blue Goodbye, based on the first book in the series of Travis McGee detective novels by John MacDonald, adapted by Stevens; and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, based on the novel by Kimberly Willis Holt, written and to be directed by John Schultz.

Stevens penned the Angelina Jolie starrer Life or Something Like It, currently in post-production at Fox under Steven Herek's direction. She also wrote City of Angels. Launched as a film financing, sales and distribution company at Cannes this year, Cobalt Media, formerly known as MM Media Capital Partners, has co-financed pics including Heartbreakers and Thirteen Ghosts as well as the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

Company, headed by Hal Sadoff, is currently involved with the GreeneStreet Films pic Swimfan85, helmed by John Polson, and Vacuums, the feature debut of Stomp creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas.

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