Zaillian finds Mandate for auteur pics

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Writer-director Steven Zaillian and Mandate Pictures are teaming to produce modestly budgeted, character-driven films and have inked a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment (HR 5/2).

Under the pact, Zaillian's company, Film Rites, will produce projects he writes and/or directs as well as films from emerging writers and filmmakers. Mandate will co-finance and handle international sales for the titles covered by the pact, and Sony will handle marketing.

Zaillian most recently directed "All the King's Men."
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