MGM Relaunches Orion Pictures Under John Hegeman

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The exec will report to MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman.

MGM has relaunched Orion Pictures as a stand-alone U.S. theatrical marketing and distribution company.

Orion will be headed by John Hegeman, who will report to MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman. The plan is that Orion will market and distribute four to six modestly budgeted films a year.

Hegeman, who spent over a decade at Orion, most recently was president of Blumhouse Productions’ BH Tilt. He has worked on theatrical marketing campaigns for Fury, 28 Weeks Later and The Blair Witch Project, among others.

The first film that will be released under the newly reinstated label will be MGM's adaptation of Michael Sucsy’s YA romance Every Day, which stars Angourie Rice, Maria Bello and Debby Ryan and follows a 16-year-old girl who falls in love with a spirit named A, a traveling soul who wakes each morning in a different body, living a different life every day. Every Day, which was adapted by Me and Earl and the Dying Girl scribe Jesse Andrews, will be released Feb. 2, 2018. 

Orion began in the late 1970s and released films throughout the '80s and '90s, including Silence of the Lambs, Platoon and Amadeus, as well as the RoboCop and Terminator movies.

"Orion Pictures was founded as a home for innovative filmmakers with unique voices and stories to tell," Hegeman said in a statement. "The new Orion Pictures will embrace that same principle and continue to release commercial entertainment that does not conform to any specific genre, platform or scope."

The announcement of the relaunch was made Wednesday ahead of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.