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In 1995, ANDREW LAZAR (Producer) formed the production company Mad Chance with a mandate to focus on smart, intriguing material in every genre and budget-range. Based at Warner Bros., Mad Chance has a nonexclusive first look deal with the studio which has enabled Lazar to set up projects all around town. 

Lazar and Mad Chance are currently in pre-production on two films: "Catch That Girl” at Fox 2000 is a remake of a successful Danish film about a bank heist pulled off by three 12 year-olds with Bart Freundlich at the helm. Also in prep is "Godforsaken,” an action-comedy about an assassin who takes a hit out on himself. Academy Award-winning director Mike van Diem will helm the Intermedia project. 

The past few years have been wide-ranging and productive for Lazar. Earlier this year, he produced Danny DeVito's "Death To Smoochy,” the black comedy starring Edward Norton, Robin Williams, and Catherine Keener. Prior to that was the box office sensation "Cats & Dogs”, the live-action/CGI summer 2001 hit that unveiled the high-stakes world of espionage and domesticated pets. Lazar also entered the great beyond with Clint Eastwood's "Space Cowboys,” an inspirational adventure about a group of retired pilots sent on a NASA mission. He followed with Nora Ephron's lottery comedy "Lucky Numbers,” starring John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow. On the other side of the spectrum, the independent dramedy "Panic,” starring William H. Macy and Neve Campbell opened in Spring 2001, after a successful debut at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, Lazar discovered his passion for film while attending New York University. After making several student films, Lazar got his first break working for Academy Award-winning producer Richard Zanuck ("Driving Miss Daisy,” "Rush”), whose materialdriven style and respect for writers rubbed off on him. He next joined Dino De Laurentiis Communications in Los Angeles, starting as a file clerk and ascending through the ranks to become Executive Vice President of Production. He earned his first major film credit serving as executive producer on John Dahl's provocative "Unforgettable,” starring Ray Liotta. 

Eager to broaden his range Lazar began producing on the side, making his debut with Richard Donner's "Assassins,” a big-budget action film starring Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas as dueling rival hit men. Lazar's next two projects were the Wachowski Brothers noir thriller "Bound” and the HBO film "The Maker.” Starring Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly, "Bound” won accolades for its stylish, Sapphic twist on the classic suspense genre. "The Maker” was a raw and riveting journey into the world of reckless youth directed by Tim Hunter ("River's Edge”) and starring Matthew Modine, Mary Louise Parker and Michael Madsen. 

Given his eclectic resumé, Andrew Lazar has become known as one of Hollywood's most versatile producers. Some of his films are smart action adventures, others are low-budget independent dramas, and some are edgy, well-written comedies. He kicked off Mad Chance with Touchstone's Shakespeare-influenced teen comedy "10 Things I Hate About You” starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. Next came New Line Cinema's "The Astronaut's Wife,” a sophisticated homage to psychological terror starring Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron that marked the directorial debut of "The Maker” screenwriter Rand Ravich. 

Lazar has many highly-anticipated projects in development at Mad Chance including a sequel to "Cats & Dogs” and a feature remake of the 60's TV show "Get Smart”. In addition to his feature film endeavors, Lazar is partnered with writer/director Rand Ravich in EXIT 135, a television production company housed at Fox Television.


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