Things are looking up at Sony. Two producers with great taste, ex-Sony chief Amy Pascal and ex-Warners boss Jeff Robinov, will make big-budget movies for their respective labels, while ex-Fox head Tom Rothman, who also knows a good movie when he sees one, will run the movie studio.
For the moment, Sony’s in-house production label Columbia is being run by Doug Belgrad, with ex-Sony lot producer Michael De Luca working with Hannah Minghella as co-presidents of production. Expect both Pascal and De Luca to work with powerful New York producer and literary tastemonger Scott Rudin, who will no longer be working on “Cleopatra” with Angelina Jolie, but is pursuing a reboot of the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” franchise without free-spending David Fincher. Rumors are running rampant about casting, but I hear a deal is imminent. Rooney Mara was tight with Fincher, but she must have a contract.
Now De Luca has brought in his former production exec Josh Bratman (Immersive Pictures) for a two-year, first-look deal. “We’re thrilled that we’ll be keeping him in-house,” stated De Luca, “as he continues to work on some of our most important development projects.” Bratman’s credits include De Luca productions “The Sitter,” “Priest” and “Fright Night.”
Bratman is developing and will produce a number of films for the studio, including one with Rudin, “The Sculptor,” based on Scott McCloud’s graphic novel; “The Harlem Hellfighters,” based on the bestselling graphic novel by Max Brooks (“World War Z”), with Overbrook Entertainment; “The Black Count,” based on Tom Reiss’ bestselling biography of General Alex Dumas, the father of Alexandre Dumas, the author of “The Three Musketeers,” with John Legend’s Get Lifted Productions and “True Detective” rising star Cary Fukunaga attached to adapt and direct; “The Themis Files,” an upcoming epic sci-fi debut novel by Sylvain Neuvel, which writer David Koepp will adapt, on which Bratman will team with former Sony production exec Matt Tolmach Productions; and “Descender,” based on Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s upcoming graphic novel.