Shadyac parts ways with Universal


Producer-director Tom Shadyac, who has had an overall production deal with Universal since 1999, is parting ways with the studio.

Uni is not renewing its pact with the filmmaker's Shady Acres Prods. when it expires in about four months.

Although a Uni spokeswoman said the split was "mutually agreed upon," Shadyac's "Evan Almighty" proved to be one of the summer's most expensive duds. A sequel to his hugely successful "Bruce Almighty," the tamer, PG-rated "Evan," starring Steve Carell, which cost a reported $175 million, grossed just $104.4 million domestically and took $72.9 million from international turnstyles.

As a producer, though, Shadyac did bolster the studio's summer slate with the more successful Adam Sandler comedy "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," which has grossed $186 million worldwide since its August release. Ironically, that film was one of the first projects Shadyac put into production when he went into business with Uni, where his deal originally was overseen by then-president of production Stacey Snider.

When first set up, his deal with Uni came in the wake of his hit Uni comedy "Patch Adams."

Shadyac, repped by CAA, also has directed such films as "The Nutty Professor" and "Liar, Liar." In all, his films have grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide for Uni.