First Line Entertainment and producer Edward Bass are teaming to launch three films, including the thriller As Good as Dead, starring Andie MacDowell, Cary Elwes and Brian Cox.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the other projects are Nick Stagliano's modern-day Western Good Day for It and The Shadow of the Shah, a biopic about the Shah of Iran's twin sister.
As Good as Dead stars Elwes as Ethan, a left-wing extremist who goes on the run after killing the reverend (Cox) behind a white supremacist group. MacDowell plays the widow who hunts him down with two redneck accomplices (Frank Whaley, Matt Dallas). Jess Wexler plays Ethan's estranged wife, and Laura Harring plays his neighbor.
Jonathan Mossek is directing the feature, which he wrote with Erez Mossek and Eve Pomerance. Principal photography is under way in New York.
As Good as Dead is one of several projects in the works since FLE recently acquired Edward Bass Prods. They acquired all worldwide rights to Good Day for It, the tale of a man who returns home to face gang members who forced him out of his small town. The film is in preproduction.
Bass, FLE and the exiled crown prince of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, will produce a Bass-scripted biopic about the prince's aunt, Princess Ashraf Pahlavi. Dubbed "The Black Panther" by the press, the Shah's twin sister supported Iranian women's rights before the 1979 revolution forced her into exile.