Infinity rolls Wheel with Brosnan

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Article Date: March 30, 2006 | Publication: Playback | Author: Ilona Beiks
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Riding the wave of an Oscar win for Capote, Vancouver-based prodco Infinity Features is back at work shooting Butterfly on a Wheel, a psychological thriller starring Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler and Maria Bello - hoping again to turn out a world-class production that garners both critical acclaim and a profit.

Butterfly is a $20-million Canada/U.K. treaty copro between Infinity and Irish DreamTime. David Valleau (Capote) and William Vince (Capote, Saved!) produce for Infinity, Brosnan and William Morrissey for Irish DreamTime. Brit Mike Barker (Best Laid Plans) directs from Morrissey's original screenplay about a Chicago couple (Butler, Bello) whose five-year-old daughter is kidnapped by a man out to brutally and efficiently dismantle their lives.

Former 007 Brosnan also headlines as the kidnapper. Ashley Rowe (Calendar Girls) is DOP.

"This is exactly the type of production we want to be involved in," says Valleau, on set in Vancouver's downtown core, containing as it does all the essential pieces of "the Infinity model."

When L.A.-based Creative Artists Agency shopped the script to them last summer, Brosnan, Morrissey and Barker were already attached, leaving Infinity to draw up the finances.

Similarly, Infinity pulled together US$7.5 million from MGM, Manitoba Film & Sound and its own coffers to make Capote, and walked away with a cut of the US$28-million North American box office and Oscar bragging rights following Philip Seymour Hoffman's win for best male lead.

"I describe us as a packaging company," says Vince. "We can take a film from development, financing and production through to post-production and distribution. We create a platform for everyone to do their best work - but at the end of the day, we're the ones who are the responsible parent, making sure that it all comes together."

B.C. was also an important component of the package.

"We're shooting in Vancouver - which is playing Chicago - because of the Canadian tax credits and the production values. We put in our own seed money to fly Bill Morrissey and Mike Barker up to Vancouver to show them the locations," says Valleau.

The production will shoot three days in Chicago for landscapes and do post-production in the U.K.