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Plan B Entertainment, Brad Pitt’s production company behind the recent best picture Oscar winner Moonlight has signed a three-year production deal with Annapurna Pictures. Annapurna will handle marketing and distribution efforts for Plan B’s upcoming film releases and will be partnering on at least three films per year.
Led by Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Plan B has produced such notable films as The Big Short, 12 Years a Slave, World War Z, Lost City of Z and Eat Pray Love.
“We’re excited and honored to be working with Plan B in this new partnership. We have always admired their taste and quality of producing since we met six years ago, and we could not be more thrilled for the possibilities ahead,” Annapurna’s founder and CEO Megan Ellison and president of film Chelsea Barnard said Thursday in a statement.
As part of the pact, Annapurna, which will release Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit as its first film as a distributor, has scooped up the rights to Adam McKay’s upcoming film about Dick Cheney that has Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Amy Adams in talks to star.
The project, penned quietly by McKay, was previously set up at Paramount. It will chart Cheney’s jump from his CEO position at Halliburton to his vp role under George W. Bush. While at the White House, Cheney pushed for the post-9/11 war on global terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq (based on unsubstantiated notions that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was conferring with al-Qaida) and instituted an “enhanced interrogation program” that included waterboarding. Before Halliburton, he served in the administrations of Nixon, Ford and George H.W. Bush.
Bale would portray Cheney, while Carell is circling the role of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Adams would play Cheney’s wife, Lynne.
Plan B will produce with McKay and his Gary Sanchez partners, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick.
“We are very excited to find a home with Megan and Annapurna, who are like-minded in their commitment to backing and curating passionate films and filmmakers. We look forward to working closely with Annapurna’s stellar team,” Plan B said in a statement.
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