12:30pm PT by Mia Galuppo
Jonathan Levine Inks First-Look Deal With Lionsgate, Sets 'Warm Bodies' TV Series
Director Jonathan Levine, whose latest film, Long Shot, hits theaters this weekend, has launched the production banner Megamix and signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate.
Under the pact, which encompasses both film and TV, Megamix has begun development on a series based on Levine’s 2013 feature Warm Bodies, which was released by Lionsgate.
Levine will run Megamix with former Lionsgate exec Gillian Bohrer, who worked with the helmer on Warm Bodies as well as other studio projects including the Twilight series, La La Land and Wonder. She most recently served as executive vp production at the now-shuttered Fox 2000.
Joining Levine and Bohrer at Megamix will be creative executive McAuley Cahill, who also comes to the company from Fox 2000.
The deal will continue Levine's longtime relationship with Lionsgate motion picture group president Nathan Kahane and chairman Joe Drake. The co-founders of Good Universe were behind Levine's breakout film 50/50 and the holiday comedy The Night Before. Levine also joins frequent collaborators Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who recently signed a first-look deal with the studio under their Point Grey banner.
Wednesday's announcement was made by Kahane and Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs.
“Lionsgate is the perfect home for Megamix, a studio to both my most successful and favorite moviemaking experiences,” said Levine. “Joe and Nathan have been great collaborators and friends who have supported me over the years and are as committed as Gillian and I are to nurture unique, creative and commercial visions and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Added Bohrer, “Jonathan and I have a shared passion for movies that defy conventional wisdom about what defines a ‘commercial movie.’ I loved the diverse slate of projects I was able to shepherd at Lionsgate, and we're delighted to bring Megamix to a company that believes in taking risks.”