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Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is gearing up for a more significant presence behind the camera with the launch of production company Excellent Cadaver.
With her producing partner Justine Polsky, Lawrence and Excellent Cadaver have inked a first-look film deal with Brad Weston’s Makeready.
Under the agreement, Makeready will have a first look at the film projects Excellent Cadaver develops and produces. Through the first-look film deal, Makeready and Excellent Cadaver will finance and produce films both independently and as part of Makeready’s deals with Universal and Entertainment One. The deal encompasses films that Lawrence and Polsky will produce, and some that Lawrence will additionally star in.
Makeready’s head of film, Pam Abdy, will oversee any Excellent Cadaver projects.
“In a relatively short amount of time, Jennifer has already proven herself to be a one-of-a-kind actress and businesswoman,” says Weston. “Her versatility and commitment to working with the greatest filmmakers in the industry highlights our shared ambition to create thoughtful, fearless films, and we are extremely excited to partner with Jennifer and Justine as they start this new chapter.”
“Brad and Pam are visionary producers with incredible taste and a history of supporting diverse and compelling storytelling. We are thrilled to be partnering with Makeready and look forward to this exciting collaboration,” added Lawrence and Polsky.
Weston, the former president and CEO of New Regency, launched Makeready in 2017 with backing from eOne and a five-year agreement with Uni to handle worldwide distribution and marketing on two feature films per year. The company is currently developing Queen & Slim, the debut feature for Emmy winner Lena Waithe starring Get Out actor Daniel Kaluuya.
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