EXCLUSIVE: Producer Cindy Bond (I Can Only Imagine) and former Phoenix Pictures executive Doug McKay (What to Expect When Youre Expecting) are teaming up to launch LA film and TV firm Faster Horse Pictures, whose first feature out the gate is a hot one: opioids drama American Pain from The Help and Girl On The Train director Tate Taylor.
Taylor has adapted John Temples bestselling book American Pain: How A Young Felon And His Ring of Doctors Unleashed Americas Deadliest Drug Epidemic, and will direct the story about the murky Florida pill mills. It will hone in on mega-clinic American Pain which became the largest opioids center in the country before being busted by the FBI.
Taylors producing partner, John Norris, will produce alongside McKay and Bond. Michael Whalen will executive produce and is set to be a frequent collaborator on Faster Horse projects. Isaiah Smallman of Mama Bear Studios will also serve as executive producer.
Faster Horse, which has been building out its team and slate this year, aims to develop, produce and finance film and TV projects with commercial and prestige potential The plan is to make three-six projects a year with varying budgets. It will also provide development funding.
Company co-chairs Bond and McKay recently worked together as executive producers with Cross Creek on The Tax Collector, David Ayers crime thriller starring Shia LaBeouf.
Among their first hires at the company are Joshua Ryan Dietz as director of development, Dylan Bond as manager of development, Ashley Grifka as director of operations and David Boyle as head of business affairs and legal.
Bond previously set up Promenade Pictures with former Paramount and MGM president Frank Yablans and in 2008 she founded Mission Pictures International, where she produced 2018 faith breakout I Can Only Imagine, which took more than $83M. Mission Pictures remains intact and will operate as a specialty production and international sales banner.
McKay served as VP of production and development at Mike Medavoys Phoenix Pictures for a decade, during which time the company made movies including Shutter Island, Black Swan and Zodiac. McKay went on to produce What to Expect When Youre Expecting, starring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and Chris Rock. After Phoenix, he co-founded Rubicon Entertainment and led the company for four years.
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