Ray Panthaki, Daniel Khalili Banner debut with Prince Naseem biopic – The Hollywood Reporter
Ray Panthaki, Boiling point, Gangs in London and Colette star and 2021 BIFA award nominee, has teamed up with Daniel Khalili, executive producer of Infringing on us and a veteran of the art world, to found Le Bateau Lavoir, a new London-based television and film production and finance company.
Panthaki’s own banner replacement company Urban Way, which he set up in 2007 and most recently co-produced Philip Barantini’s breakthrough Boiling pointhas won four BAFTA nominations.
According to the duo, Le Bateau Lavoir will primarily focus on prestigious and auteur-oriented projects, with a particular focus on collaborations with well-known artists and stories.
“After years of trying to match someone, Daniel is the perfect partner with his creativity and artistic background,” said Panthaki, a 2014 BAFTA breakout Brit, whose credit is also Netflix sci-fi movies included Far. “But in the end, we are like-minded friends who care passionately about the story and want to be home to artists who are far too unorthodox to be found anywhere else. Our name reflects our ethos. ”
Along with the launch ceremony, the first project list of Le Bateau Lavoir was also announced. Among them is the biopic about Prince Naseem, the flamboyant British boxer known in the 1990s for his cockiness and brash behavior, but widely regarded as one of the great boxers. best of all time. The film will list “Naz”‘s humble beginnings as a working-class second-generation immigrant living in Sheffield, before entering the world of international boxing alongside his mentor. His Brendan Ingle.
“We are honored to work so closely with Naz and his team, who have trusted us to share his legacy,” Khalili said. “This is not just a British story, but an international story of how a Yemeni immigrant entered the world of boxing against all odds and we knew it would resonate. with audiences around the world.”
Also on Le Bateau Lavoir’s books is a biography French Angel, which is set in the 1940s and tells the real-life story of the deep friendship between Maurice Tillet, a man living with extreme hormonal disorder, and former wrestler Karl Pojello, who after once A chance meeting turned Tillet into a top wrestler. The company has also acquired the rights to The Golden SpruceJohn Vaillant’s award-winning, best-selling non-fiction book about logger turned “eco-terrorist” Grant Hadwin, who opposes the multi-billion dollar industry he once belonged to. with dire consequences.
The name Le Bateau Lavoir is taken from the nickname of a building in the Montmartre district, the 18th arrondissement of Paris, famous in art history as the residence and meeting place of a group of artists of the early 20th century.