Graham King has lured seven-year Focus Features production exec Kahli Small to join GK Films as EVP of Production and Development. Based in Santa Monica, she reports directly to King. Small supervised Focus projects Milk, Eastern Promises and The American.
This past year, GK Films produced Gore Verbinski’s animated Rango, voiced by frequent GK Films collaborator Johnny Depp, for Paramount; Ben Affleck’s The Town for Warner Bros., and The Tourist, starring Depp for Sony.
King also has a long relationship with Martin Scorsese, whose 3-D Hugo Cabret is due November 23 from Paramount. GK Films’ distribution company FilmDistrict will release writer-director William Monahan’s crime drama London Boulevard starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley and Depp production The Rum Diary, in which he stars. Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and King are in pre-production on Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows for Warner Bros. with Depp as vampire Barnabas Collins.
GK Films is also developing several projects, including an untitled love story which Angelina Jolie is writing for herself to direct; the screen adaptation of Jersey Boys; screenwriter Peter Morgan’s 360, a biopic about Freddie Mercury starring Sacha Baron Cohen; and a reboot of Tomb Raider.