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Sony Bows Independent Film Label

9 Oct, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, a unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Oct. 9 said it had formed a new production company, Stage 6 Films, with the intent of producing from 10 to 15 movies annually for DVD and theatrical release.

Initial titles include Conspiracy and Felon, both starring Val Kilmer. Thomas Jane (The Punisher) gets his directorial debut in thriller Dark Country. Additional projects include horror/thriller The Stone House, The Lodger with Alfred Molina and sequels, Starship Troopers: Marauder with Casper Van Dien, and Art of War 2 with Wesley Snipes.

Stage 6 will both acquire and produce the content, much of it earmarked as prequels and sequels to established movies.

Sony spokesperson Fritz Friedman said the unit's strategy will be similar to what the studio did with producing and releasing Daddy Day Camp — the sequel to 2003's Daddy Day Care.

“They could have theatrical releases but the determination of distribution cannot be made until after the project is done,” Friedman said. “Eventually they will come out on DVD either as DVD premiers or after their theatrical releases.”

Future sequels include Vacancy 2 and Center Stage 2.

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