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Skydance Lands Kalogridis & Lussier for First-Look Deal

Skydance Lands Kalogridis & Lussier for First-Look Deal

With this comprehensive two-year deal, Skydance will work closely with Kalogridis and Lussier as creative partners. Skydance gets a first look option on all theatrical and digital projects developed by the team, along with their consulting on the company’s overall content.

Skydance CEO David Ellison, scion of Larry Ellison and brother of Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, brought in Kalogridis and Lussier in 2012 to write an original sci-fi adventure film from a Skydance concept. In early 2013, they were enlisted to write “Terminator Genisys,” the first of three installments in Skydance’s reboot of the franchise, set for release July 1, 2015.  
Most recently, the writers consulted on Paramount and Skydance’s currently filming Chris McQuarrie’s “Mission: Impossible 5,” starring Tom Cruise. Additionally, Lussier is consulting with Skydance on the creative development of the Glu mobile game which will release alongside the film next summer.
“Laeta and Patrick are first-class storytellers and world builders,” said Ellison. “The work they have done to help us create the new Terminator trilogy is simply phenomenal and is only the beginning of the stories we are going to tell together.”
“Being part of the Terminator franchise for Skydance, a world we have been in love with since seeing James Cameron’s original Terminator films, has been more than an honor,” said Kalogridis and Lussier. 
Skydance is currently in production on Dean Devlin’s disaster film “Geostorm” and is about to start shooting Paramount and Bad Robot’s “Star Trek 3.” Currently in development is epic “Africa,” with Angelina Jolie attached to direct Eric Roth’s screenplay about paleo-anthropologist Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers that threaten the existence of the African elephant population.  

Skydance’s recent productions include Paramount and Plan B’s “World War Z,” Paramount’s disappointment “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” Paramount and Bad Robot’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and Paramount and Lorenzo DiBonaventura’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” 

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