12:46pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Bryan Cogman Moves Overall Deal to eOne (Exclusive)
Bryan Cogman is on the move.
The Game of Thrones Emmy winner has moved his overall deal from Amazon to Entertainment One. Under the multiyear pact, the writer and producer will create and develop new projects for the independent studio overseen by global TV president Michael Lombardo.
The first project under the pact is a contemporary take on Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo. (The 1961 samurai pic was the source material for Clint Eastwood's spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars.) Mark Gordon Pictures, which has its own pact with eOne, is teaming with Cogman for the Yojimbo update.
Cogman is fresh off a two-year deal with Amazon, where he served as a consulting producer on the retail giant/streamer's highly anticipated TV adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. He departed the series after completing work on scripts for season one. Production on the first season is underway in New Zealand.
The deal reunites Cogman with former HBO programming president Lombardo, who joined eOne as head of global TV in June. The duo previously worked together at the premium cable network on Game of Thrones, where Cogman was a member of the fantasy drama's Emmy-winning writing and producing staff.
"I am thrilled to collaborate with Bryan again and tap into his exceptional vision and ability to create must-see, premium content for an award-winning series," Lombardo said. "This will be especially important as we continue to elevate eOne’s overall domestic and international slate and take on Hasbro’s rich IP portfolio."
Added Cogman: "I'm delighted and honored to call eOne my new home and very excited to work with Michael and his terrific team. eOne's global reach and its dynamic, wide-ranging library of IP make it a truly exciting place to tell stories. And the opportunity to reimagine Yojimbo with Mark is nothing less than a dream come true."
In addition to his work on Amazon's Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, Cogman penned the script for Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Sword in the Stone. He's repped by UTA, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson.