Charles King's Macro Inks First-Look Deal With Warner Bros.

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Charles King

The 'Mudbound' banner is set to co-finance the studio title 'Just Mercy,' starring Michael B. Jordan.

Charles King's Macro is setting down roots at Warner Bros., signing an exclusive first-look deal with the studio.

Under the pact, Warner Bros. will have a first look on all feature films Macro intends to develop or package, and will also have the option to co-finance the projects and handle global distribution of the releases.  

“We are thrilled to join forces with Warner Bros. Pictures and their visionary leadership team whose bold choices have led to some of our industry’s most successful and impactful films,” said King, who made Wednesday's announcement with Warners chairman Toby Emmerich and president of production Courtenay Valenti.

“In just a short period of time, Charles and Macro have helped redefine representation in feature films,” said Emmerich and Valenti. “They have an incredible track record, and we’re looking forward to working with them to produce films that highlight the authenticity and importance of diversity.” 

Macro's focus is on producing content from filmmakers of color. The company, which was behind Dee Rees' Mudbound and Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You, is currently in postproduction on Alan Yang's Tigertail at Netflix.

It was announced Tuesday that Warner Bros. had picked up a Macro-produced feature, Jesus Was My Homeboy, starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. Macro, meanwhile, co-financed the upcoming Warner Bros. film Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx.

The deal was negotiated by Hansen Jacobson, as well as Latham & Watkins.