Chris Hemsworth has launched Thematic Entertainment, a Melbourne and Los Angeles-based production company with Australian producers John Finemore and James Hoppe.
As reported by Deadline, the new banner’s remit is to develop and produce projects with global appeal.
Ben Grayson has been hired as VP of development and production from LA-based content and design studio Radley Studios, where he served as director of TV development.
Grayson previously worked as an assistant to director John Lee Hancock on Saving Mr Banks and to Kenneth Branagh on Thor.
Finemore and Hoppe are the principals of Maker Films, whose credits include Justin Dix’s Crawlspace and Richard Gray’s Summer Coda, and LA-based Lost City Inc.
Lost City currently is producing Buffaloed, a drama set in the underworld of debt collecting, directed by Tanya Wexler and starring Zoey Deutch, Jermaine Fowler and Ted Ludzik.
Among its upcoming projects, according to IMDB, is director Eva Sørhaug’s crime thriller Sunny, which will star Sharon Stone as a drug kingpin, mob mistress and devoted single mother who has 24 hours to get out of town before the local mob boss discovers her dysfunctional family’s devastating secret.
Finemore told Deadline: “James and I are extremely excited about building this new venture with Chris. We look forward to developing projects that harness the incredible film community down under and beyond.”
After Avengers: Infinity War and with another Avengers movie in post production, Hemsworth is in London shooting F. Gary Gray’s untitled Men in Black spin-off with Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and Rafe Spall.
He will also play George Kirk, father of Chris Pine’s Captain James T. Kirk, in the next Star Trek adventure directed by S.J. Clarkson. He is repped in Australia by Morrissey Management.