Amaze looks south

The Toronto production house hopes its new partners at Blueprint will help take their horror-comedy Medieval into the U.S.

Amaze Film and Television is looking to expand its presence south of the border with help from its new partner, Toronto- and L.A.-based Blueprint Entertainment.

‘Amaze has been moving into the American market successfully, but now we can do it on a broader scale with Blueprint’s support,’ says Amaze principal Teza Lawrence. The companies came together when Blueprint expanded into international distribution by acquiring a stake in Oasis International last month. Oasis was Amaze’s original partner. Lawrence and partner Michael Souther retain principal interest in the company, about two-thirds.

‘Having Blueprint as a partner is going to open up more opportunity for us,’ says Lawrence.

They hope to take a new feature, Medieval, into the U.S. The horror/comedy is currently in development with writer Alex Epstein (Bon Cop, Bad Cop) and is set to shoot next year on a budget in the $20-million range. John Rogers, the writer behind Hollywood fare such as Transformers and Catwoman, is on board as story editor.

‘I think this is a project we’re going to take south of the border first, as a studio picture,’ says Lawrence.

Meanwhile, Amaze (Saint Ralph) starts shooting its feature Finn on the Fly in Saskatchewan this month. The story of a boy whose dog is accidentally transformed into a human is penned by Souther and Lawrence, with Mark Jean (Homecoming) set to direct. The writing team also produces with coproducer Stephen Onda and exec Suzanne Berger. Oasis distributes internationally, with Seville taking the domestic market.

Also in development are the feature Ghost Ship, with Brad Peyton attached to direct, and the reality series Broadway Bootcamp for The N.