New Abu Dhabi-China joint film fund to co-finance Hollywood thriller

The movie, earlier called Inner City, is being directed by Dan Gilroy and stars Denzel Washington



A new Hollywood thriller starring Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell will be co-financed by a recently established joint Abu Dhabi and China fund.

The $300m Culture China – Image Nation Content Fund will executive-produce the new Sony Pictures Entertainment film (earlier called Inner City), directed and written by Dan Gilroy.

The project is the first to be financed by the fund, which was established by Abu Dhabi media and production firm Image Nation along with the China Intercontinental Communication Center (CICC) in November last year.

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The movie is currently shooting on location in Los Angeles, and tells the story of attorney Roman Israel (Denzel Washington) who is offered a job at a prestigious law firm after the death of his longtime partner, and takes on a case that has life-altering repercussions.

It is being produced by Jennifer Fox, Todd Black and Brian Oliver. Cross Creek Pictures and Macro are also co-financing the project.

Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, said: “This first production is exactly the caliber of entertainment we intend to continue to produce.”

Last week, Image Nation announced a new three-year production pact with producers Roy Lee and Steven Schneider to produce dark genre films. The company also has existing partnerships with Ashok Amritraj and his Hyde Park Entertainment, and Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and their Parkes + MacDonald banner.

Its upcoming projects include Benji – directed by Brandon Camp, and the horror-thriller Prey, produced by Blumhouse and Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment.

Image Nation is also producing the narrative television series Justice, a legal drama created by Parkes and producer Billy Finkelstein.

In September last year, the company also said it would begin production of three new feature films, to be shot in the UAE and Oman.

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