Colson rides Oscar to new Cloud Nine


"Slumdog Millionaire" producer Christian Colson is walking on Cloud Nine, exiting Celador Films in the wake of his Oscar victory and setting up his own production banner, Cloud Nine Films.

Colson floats off with the blessing of Celador chairman Paul Smith, who will be a director at Colson's new company.

Cloud Nine will get under way with a five-year development, production, sales and distribution deal in hand with Pathe U.K.

The setup was announced Monday by Celador Entertainment, Pathe U.K. and Colson.

Pathe and Celador have collaborated the past few years on several projects involving Colson, including "Slumdog," Neil Marshall's "The Descent" and Marshall's upcoming swords-and-sandals movie "Centurion." Celador, Pathe U.K. and Colson will continue to work together on projects including "The Descent: Part 2" and "The Scouting Book for Boys."

In addition, Celador, Pathe U.K. and Cloud Nine are collaborating on the civil-rights drama "Selma," slated to shoot this year.

"The time has come for (Colson) to move on," Smith said.

Colson said he owes Smith and Celador "an enormous debt of gratitude." (partialdiff)