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The Kennedy/Marshall Co., restructuring following the recent departure of Kathleen Kennedy, said Thursday that it is adding former GK Films executive Grey Rembert as president of production.
Kennedy announced in June that she was leaving to serve as co-chair of Lucasfilm as George Lucas contemplates retirement. Frank Marshall is now sole head of the company, which is poised to release The Bourne Legacy on Friday. The company is also in postproduction on Lincoln, which Steven Spielberg is directing for DreamWorks for release on Nov. 10.
Kennedy/Marshall, which has a first-look deal at DreamWorks, is developing a fourth installment in the Jurassic Park series and recently signed a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios.
In an interview, Marshall said the relationship with DreamWorks continues: “We’re developing The BFG there, the Raoul Dahl book.. . . I continue to work with Steven on projects that he asks me to do.” Kennedy’s final project for the company is Lincoln.
“We’re staying in LA,” Marshall continued. “She commutes two days and only one night, so the rest of the time we’re at home. Grey is like a member of the family as well. She knows us and knows our taste and has a terrific reputation in town.”
Rembert is a former acquisitions executive at DreamWorks. She got her start in the business 25 years ago, when Kennedy hired her at Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment after Rembert’s graduation from Pepperdine. She was a senior vp development at GK Films, which underwent downsizing in the wake of such films as Martin Scorsese’s Hugo; Angelina Jolie’s In the Land of Blood and Honey; and The Tourist, starring Jolie and Johnny Depp.
Kennedy/Marshall is developing Snowcrash, based on a book by Neal Stephenson, at Paramount. Joe Cornish is writing and directing.
Kennedy and Marshall have worked together for more than 30 years, including Amblin. “It’s big but exciting for both of us,” Marshall said of the changes at the company. “With George retiring and the opportunity for Kathy to run LucasFilm and me to take the reins of this company, it’s a tremendous opportunity. And we’re going to make a lot of movies — both of us — so we’re not slowing down.”
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