Annapurna Pictures di Megan Ellison, dopo aver prodotto alcuni dei migliori film indipendenti dell’ultimo lustro, da The Master a Zero Dark Thirty, da Her a American Hustle e ai prossimi Downsizing e Detroit, cerca di espandersi ulteriormente, anche nella distribuzione.
La Ellison sembra interessata al prossimo film di James Bond e ha stretto un accordo di produzione con la Plan B di Brad Pitt e Dede Gardner, per realizzare assieme tre film all’anno, a cominciare dalla biografia di Dick Cheaney, diretta da Adam McKey con Christian Bale, Amy Adams e Steve Carrell.
La Plan B ha vinto due Oscar negli ultimi anni con Moonlight e 12 anni schiavo e porterà a Cannes Okja di Bong Joon Ho.
Los Angeles, CA (May 04, 2017) – Plan B Entertainment, the Academy Award®-winning production company behind the most recent Best Picture-winner MOONLIGHT, has signed a three-year production deal with Annapurna, it was announced today. Annapurna will handle marketing and distribution efforts for Plan B’s upcoming film releases and will be partnering on at least three films per year. Led by actor and producer Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Plan B joins Annapurna’s expanding operation, which recently launched its full-service marketing and distribution operation.
As part of the deal, Plan B’s untitled Dick Cheney biopic, will move with the company to Annapurna. The project reunites the company with THE BIG SHORT’s award-winning director and co-writer Adam McKay and stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Steve Carrell. McKay is also producer on the film alongside his Gary Sanchez partners Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick.
Over the past decade plus, Plan B has produced a diverse slate of critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, including MOONLIGHT, THE BIG SHORT, SELMA, TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, THE NORMAL HEART, WORLD WAR Z, EAT PRAY LOVE, and THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD.
Their film, LOST CITY OF Z, is currently in release from Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street, with WAR MACHINE and OKJA forthcoming for Netflix on May 26th and June 28th, respectively, and the latter debuting in competition at Cannes later this month. Plan B moves to Annapurna after a stint at New Regency, where they produced the Academy Award®-nominated THE BIG SHORT. Though their pact ended in January, the company’s project AD ASTRA, directed by James Gray and starring Pitt, will stay with New Regency.
“We’re excited and honored to be working with Plan B in this new partnership. We have always admired their taste and quality of producing since we met six years ago, and we could not be more thrilled for the possibilities ahead,” said Annapurna’s Founder and CEO Megan Ellison and President of Film Chelsea Barnard.
“We are very excited to find a home with Megan and Annapurna, who are like-minded in their commitment to backing and curating passionate films and filmmakers. We look forward to working closely with Annapurna’s stellar team,” added Plan B.
This is the first such pact for Annapurna since announcing their expansion into marketing and distribution.