Out of the bottle

Djinn is finally set to be unleashed this Autumn
Michael Garin
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Djinn is finally set to be unleashed this Autumn, says Image Nation’s Michael Garin, and the Image Nation/Hyde Park Films partnership has plenty more to come too.

After nearly a three year wait, during which time we’ve had rumours of walk outs, changes in key roles and even the canning of the entire project at the behest of unspecified royals, Image Nation CEO Michael Garin has confirmed to Digital Studio that the film will finally hit cinemas in the Autumn.

Djinn was the first film from Imagenation’s original slate of six ‘Emirati’ films to go into production, following its announcement back at Cannes 2010, but its journey to the screen has been the source of much speculation.

We met up with Garin, alongside Ashok Amritraj, CEO of Image Nation’s production partner Hyde Park Films, when the pair were in Abu Dhabi in advance of the launch of their latest project, TV series Chance of a Lifetime, and he was keen to set the record straight: “We’re thrilled with Djinn.

We launched sales at the Berlin festival, we have the poster ready, we’re continuing with sales in Cannes and it will be out in the fall. It’s taken a long time, but we’re really proud of the result.

“Basically, the time issues were to do with post and CGI. It’s not just what you capture on film but the audience experience at the end. We needed to make it look and feel like other horror movies they’re seeing. Getting the effects, sounds and music right is a lot harder than people imagine.

Ashok was really helpful here too as all the final work was done in LA. This worked really well as thanks to the time difference we could pretty much work 24 hours. The rumours were all nonsense.”

Chance of a Lifetime, meanwhile, presented by Amritraj, will see three teams of Sinagaporean, Emirati and Indian film makers compete to make a film for screening at the UN. The UN has been closely involved with the project, and over the show’s three week run the teams will make films on specially selected topics including water, HIV and malaria.

Image Nation/Hyde Park highlights so far:

2011: The Double: Richard Gere and Martin Sheen head the cast in this whodunit where the murder of a US senator is thought to be the work of a presumed dead Soviet assassin.

2011: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance: Comic book capers with Nicholas Cage returning as stunt rider Johnny Blaze, who inconveniently shares his body with a vengeful demon, Ghost Rider, after making a deal with the devil.

2012: Lost Christmas: Heartwarming seasonal fayre in this tale of a young boy on a Manchester housing estate selling stolen goods to help care for his sick grandmother. The film duly delivered an Emmy for Best Kid’s TV Movie.

2013: Chance of a Lifetime: Hyde Park CEO Asok Amritraj presents this film making reality TV show in association with the UN. The winners will screen their final film at the UN, and visit the Cannes Film Festival.

2014: Careful What You Wish For (in production): Filming in North Carolina, the movie promises suspicious deaths and insurance scandals when the protagonist enters into an affair with the wife of an investment banker.

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