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.”
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.