New York – Walter Manley and Ivan Reiner, the heads of Ram Films, the production arm of Walter Manley Enterprises, will expand their company’s production program for 1967-68 by making eight pictures in English, these in edition to several already completed. The two have signed George Breakston, former child star who has been producing abroad for several years, to an exclusive contract to write, produce and direct four features a year following his just completed war film made in Yugoslavia, “Soldier,” which Walter Manley Enterprises has acquired for U.S. distribution in 1967.
Breakston, who made “The Boy Cried Murder” for Universal in 1966, will start “Year of the Tomahawk,” also to be filmed in Yugoslavia May 1 and then will make “Year of the Wolf” later in 1967, both to be made at the Avala Studios there. Breakston has completed scripting these two, as well as a third, “The Laser,” a science-fiction subject. In addition to “Soldier” and “The Boy Who Cried Murder,” both of which featured British child star, Frazer McIntosh, Breakston had earlier produced “Scarlet Spear, “ “Urubu” and “Escape in the Sun,” as well as “Tokyon File 212” in a coproduction deal with Japan.
For the eight new pictures, Manley Enterprises will use at least on American principal and several international players in each, the approximate budgets to range from $300,000 to $350,000, for a total cost of approximately $2,500,000, Manley said. In addition to Breakston’s four features, Manely and Reiner will make several pictures in Japan with the first, “Walter Cyborg,” almost completed with all English-speaking actors in the cast. Manley is not against producing in the U.S. and has a picture with a Long Island locale ready to be filmed, he said.
Walter Manley, of Reiner and Manley’s Ram Films, Inc., has returned from Hollywood meetings on casting of Ram’s upcoming horror-western “Night of the Tomahawk”.
[submitted by Michael Ferguson and Gary Williams]