‘Departed’ Producer King Shifts Output Deal to Sony

His GK Films will make a minimum of two films a year for studio to market, distribute worldwide.

Oscar-winning producer Graham King ("The Departed") has signed a three-year output deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group. Peter Schlessel, president of worldwide affairs for SPWAG, announced the pact Tuesday.

King's GK Films will independently develop, finance and produce a minimum of two films per year to be marketed and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.

Kin is nearing the end of a first-look deal at Warner Bros. and will continue to develop existing projects with them.

“Working with Warners has been, and continues to be, a wonderful experience and I cherish the support and collaboration of the whole team,” King said in a statement. “But the deal with Sony Pictures gives us guaranteed distribution for our films and the opportunity to work with a successful and respected studio that handles every type of motion picture equally well.”

“We have long admired Graham’s consistent taste in commercial and critically acclaimed material,” Schlessel said in a statement. “As a producer, he attracts high-profile talent to top-quality and audience-pleasing projects and we couldn’t be more excited to enter into this relationship.”

King launched GK Films in May 2007 with Tim Headington. The company's "Edge of Darkness," starring Mel Gibson, is set for theatrical release through Warner Bros. on Jan. 29.

GK recently completed shooting "The Rum Diary" starring Johnny Depp and crime drama "London Boulevard," written and directed by "The Departed" screenwriter William Monahan.

GK Films’ "The Young Victoria" gets a December release in the U.S. via Bob Berney’s new distribution company, Apparition. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from a script by Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park"), the film is produced by King, Martin Scorsese, Tim Headington and Sarah Ferguson.