Columbia's Elizabeth Cantillon Trades in Exec VP Stripes for Producing Deal
Elizabeth Cantillon is stepping down as executive vp production for Columbia Pictures and moving into a first-look producing deal for Sony Pictures’ Columbia label.
For her first project, Cantillon will join the production team on Ridley Scott’s untitled drama based on "Game Brain," a magazine article by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Peter Landesman is writing and will direct the film about concussions among football players.
Cantillon, who oversaw the James Bond movies Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall also will continue to be involved in the next, currently untitled Bond movie, scheduled for release on Nov. 6, 2015, as well as Goosebumps, based on R.L. Stine’s book series, which is slated for an Aug. 7, 2015, release. Additionally, she will join the producing teams for the film adaptation of Gran Turismo, the PlayStation franchise, and A Reliable Wife, an adaptation of Robert Goolrick’s fictional romantic thriller.
During her career at Columbia, which she joined in 2005, Cantillon also has worked on such films The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Captain Phillips and The Monuments Men.
Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of the SPE Motion Picture Group, said, "I have worked with Elizabeth for over 20 years, and know that she is one of the most talented executives in motion pictures. She is returning to her first passion, and I can’t wait to work with her as a producer."
Doug Belgrad, Columbia president of Columbia Pictures, added, "Elizabeth has great taste and is one of the best in the business at creating entertaining and honest movies based on true stories. The Social Network and Captain Phillips are just two recent examples of her ability to translate high-profile, real-life situations into acclaimed films."
Before joining Sony, Cantillon served as exec vp production at MGM Studios. Prior to that, with Mark Johnson, she produced DreamWorks’ Galaxy Quest and Fox Searchlight’s The Banger Sisters.