The state of Louisiana has made an equity investment in Jim Stern’s production and financing shingle Endgame Entertainment.
Under the arrangement, Endgame will shoot a number of pictures in the state, the first of which will be the adaptation of Max Brooks’ “The Zombie Survival Guide.” Brooks will make his directorial bow on the project, which he’s adapting from his own novel.
Published last year by Random House imprint Three Rivers Press, “The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead” is a tongue-in-cheek advice book on how to avoid being killed and eaten.
Looking beyond zombies, Endgame plans to use the Louisiana alliance to identify potential projects and to promote the Louisiana Motion Picture Incentive Program, which provides producers with sales tax exemptions as well as employment and investor tax credits.
As an equity investor, the state of Louisiana will also have financial participation in all Endgame projects.
These include “Proof,” with Miramax Films; “Five Children and It,” \with the Henson Co. and the U.K.’s Capitol Films; “Compleat Female Stage Beauty,” with Tribeca Pictures and Lions Gate Entertainment; “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” with Senator Intl. and New Line Cinema; and “Electroboy,” with Raw Entertainment and Toby Maguire’s Maguire Entertainment.
Louisiana will look to Endgame to attract quality film projects as well as act as financing and production adviser. Endgame finances a wide variety of entertainment opportunities, including development, co-production financing and acquisitions.
“This partnership is unique in the country,” said Lonny Kaufman, entertainment cluster director for the state of Louisiana. “It represents an opportunity for the state to further develop our infrastructure in the entertainment industry by creating a direct link to an important ingredient, capital.”
Stern is a two-time Tony-winning producer for “The Producers” and “Hairspray.” Stern also directed “Michael Jordan to the Max” and “It’s the Rage,” starring Gary Sinise, Joan Allen and Jeff Daniels.