MRC Planning Eight Feature Films

Media Rights Capital will use $250 million of capital to fully finance eight films from directors Robert Rodriguez, Ricky Gervais, Walter Salles, Ryan Murphy, Richard Kelly, Bennett Miller and Todd Field reports Variety.

MRC expects to complete production on all eight by next summer in an effort to be done before the expected Hollywood work stoppage next June. One of them is the already talked about Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “Bruno,” his follow-up to “Borat”. The others include:

“Shorts”: Robert Rodriguez wrote and will direct the “Spy Kids” style family-friendly project concerning a group of kids who stumble upon a magical device.

“This Side of Truth”: The feature directorial debut of British comedian Ricky Gervais. Set in the present day in a world where the concept of lying doesn’t exist, the project focuses on a loser who changes his lot when he invents lying and uses it to full advantage to get ahead. Shooting begins this March.

“Linha de passe”: Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) is directing this film in Brazil, and follows a group of brothers who struggle to escape the slums in a variety of ways.

“Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho”: Anthony Hopkins is set to play the legendary director and Helen Mirren his wife and longtime collaborator, Alma Reville. Ryan Murphy (“Running with Scissors”) will direct starting in January.

“The Box”: A previously announced horror film written and to be directed by Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko”), will star Cameron Diaz and shoot in December.

“Foxcatcher”: Bennett Miller (“Capote”) helms the drama which focuses on John E. du Pont, the paranoid schizophrenic heir who, after building the wrestling training facility Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate, shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning grappler David Schultz. Shooting is set to begin next spring.

Finally there’s an untitled drama from Todd Field (“In the Bedroom”) but the plot is under wraps. Shooting begins this Spring.