Producer Graham King has announced the launch of his new company, GK Films. The company will coincide with the 3-year extension of his overall production deal with Warner Brothers Pictures as well as the extension of King’s production deal with Johnny Depp‘s production company, Infinitum Nihil. The new deal gives Warner a first look option on films produced under GK Films including Infinitum Nihil films. King will partner with long time collaborator Tim Headington at GK.
Among the titles being produced by King via GK is Mira Nair‘s “Shantaram,” starring Johnny Depp. It will be produced with Warner Brothers in conjunction with Infinitum Nihil and Plan B. The slate also includes Martin Scorcese‘s adaptation of Brian Selznick‘s best selling “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and Jean-Marc Vallee‘s “The Young Victoria.” “Victoria” will be the first GK Film to begin shooting when it does so in the UK this August. Introduced to the international marketplace at Cannes, “Victoria” stars Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria during her youth.
King will remain a principal at Initial Entertainment Group and the agreement will extend Warner Brothers first look deal to Initial’s titles. His current creative executive team is headed by President of Production Gail Lyon and also includes Vice President of Production Grey Rembert and Production Executive Denis O’Sullivan. King recently won an Academy Award for producing “The Departed.” [Peter Knegt]