Amazon Studios Inks Exclusive First-Look Deals with Bona Fide Productions & More
Amazon Studios announced today that it has struck exclusive first-look deals with Bona Fide Productions, Killer Films and Le Grisbi Productions. Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa's Bona Fide Productions and Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler's Killer Films will each have an exclusive first-look deal in both film and television for two years. John Lesher's Le Grisbi Productions will have an exclusive first-look deal for indie-sized films for two years.
Currently, Amazon Studios is working alongside Bona Fide Productions on Marc Webb's The Only Living Boy in New York, starring Jeff Bridges, Callum Turner and Kate Beckinsale and Killer Films on Wonderstruck, the latest film from Academy Award-nominated director Todd Haynes, starring Julianne Moore. Wonderstruck will screen in competition at the upcoming 70th annual Cannes Film Festival. Both The Only Living Boy in New York and Wonderstruck are slated for release in 2017.
"Bona Fide Productions, Killer Films and Le Grisbi Productions each have a long history of making critically acclaimed and award-winning films with accomplished filmmakers," said Roy Price, Head of Amazon Studios. "We're proud to be working with each of them and excited about our future creative collaborations."
Bona Fide Productions has produced award-winning films such as Little Miss Sunshine, Little Children and Nebraska. Killer Films is the company behind award-winning titles Still Alice, Carol, Wiener-Dog, a film Amazon Studios purchased at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and the Amazon Original Series "Z: The Beginning of Everything." John Lesher's Le Grisbi is currently in post-production on Scott Cooper's Hostiles, starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, and production on White Boy Rick, which is being directed by Yann Demange and starring Matthew McConaughey. Previously, Le Grisbi has produced Fury, Black Mass, End of Watch and Birdman, which won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards.
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