Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of After Dark Films have launched a sister company called Autonomous Films. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they have a two-year, fifty-five million dollar JPMorgan P&A credit facility.
They plan to acquire three to four mainstream films a year, most of them in the $5 million to $20 million range. They also plan to put three films into production during the first half of 2008. Two of the films being produced are broad comedies. While a third will be a caper flick in the same vein as Ocean's Eleven.
The new label's output will be a part of Solomon's existing three-year deal signed in July 2006 with Lionsgate Films. Wristcutters: A Love Story and Fierce People, both previously announced as After Dark films, will now be released under the Autonomous banner within the next three months.
Solomon stated, "It's the inverse of Miramax launching Dimension. It's more like Dimension launching Miramax."