Universal Pictures has signed a three-year production agreement with Alex Kurtzman‘s newly formed company Secret Hideout, the studio announced Tuesday.
Kurtzman will be joined at Secret Hideout by current Focus Features president of production Jeb Brody and current president of K/O Paper Products Bobby Cohen, who will both serve as producers alongside Kurtzman.
Secret Hideout will focus on developing filmmaker-driven projects with an eye toward franchise and multiquadrant films. The company will retain its current offices and expand into additional offices on the Universal lot.
Kurtzman is currently working with Chris Morgan on the relaunching of Universal’s classic movie monster franchises. He’s directing the reboot of The Mummy, slated for release in June 2016, and is also producing the fantasy adventure series Dragonology, based on the children’s book series, for Universal.
Kurtzman is working with Roberto Orci on producing several projects as well, including the adaptations of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series for Universal and Imagine Entertainment. He’s repped by CAA and attorney Michael Gendler.
Brody joins Secret Hideout after three years at Focus Features, where he currently serves as president of production. At Focus, he was involved in the films Dallas Buyers Club, Anna Karenina, The Place Beyond the Pines and Bad Words. Brody will continue to oversee production for Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey.
Cohen produced Now You See Me, People Like Us and Cowboys & Aliens. Before joining K/O, he was president of Red Wagon Entertainment, where he worked as an executive producer on such films as Jarhead and Memoirs of a Geisha.
Kim Rosen will also join Secret Hideout as head of digital and interactive. Rosen previously worked with Kurtzman as a development executive for K/O Paper Products for the last three years.