See-Saw Films Inks First-Look Deal With New Regency

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The two are currently working together on Steve McQueen's heist thriller 'Widows.'

Awards season mainstays See-Saw Films and New Regency are combining forces.

See-Saw has inked a three-year first-look deal to develop feature films that will be financed by and co-produced with New Regency. The agreement also provides See-Saw with global distribution through New Regency's deal with 20th Century Fox.

The announcement was made by New Regency chairman Yariv Milchan and See-Saw's Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.

"It's our 10-year anniversary this year, and up to this point we have been focused on the independent structure. And after 10 years we realized we wanted to tell stories that require a larger canvas," Canning told The Hollywood Reporter. "We are really focused now on our U.S. presence."

Added Sherman: "New Regency is director-driven, and they love great stories, but they do them on a slightly larger scale than what we normally do, and Widows is an example of that." 

The two companies are currently working together on Steve McQueen's Widows, starring Viola Davis, which is due out in November of this year. (In 2017, New Regency signed a multi-year overall deal with McQueen.)

See-Saw was last in theaters with the Dev Patel-fronted Lion, which was released by The Weinstein Co., earning six Oscar nominations. The U.K./Australia-based company, which recently opened an office in Los Angeles, will next release Mary Magdalene, starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, for which TWC had taken domestic rights, although it is currently unclear exactly when the film will be released.

New Regency has been behind Oscar winners The Revenant, Birdman and McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. In addition to Widows, it is in production on Brad Pitt-fronted Ad Astra and the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody