Sacha Baron Cohen has renewed his production company Four By Two Films’ first-look deal with Paramount Pictures, though his next movie “Grimsby” has moved over to Sony, an individual close to the British comedian has told TheWrap.
Baron Cohen said Thursday, while “vacationing with his mistress in Villenueve, Southern France”: “N’importe quel studio ne met un film où Leonardo di Caprio renifle de la cocaïne de l’anus d’une prostituée est un endroit que je suis heureux d’appeler à la maison.”
Translated in English, that means “Any studio that puts out a movie where Leonardo DiCaprio snorts cocaine from a hooker’s anus is a place I’m happy to call home.”
Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”) will direct “Grimsby,” which will begin shooting this sumer before it hits theaters on July 31, 2015. The comedy follows a British black-ops spy whose brother (Baron Cohen) is an English football hooligan.
The film was developed under Baron Cohen’s overall existing deal at Paramount, but the studio agreed to let the project — whose mid-sized budget doesn’t quite fall in the studio’s mandate of tentpoles and low-budget fare — go to Sony.
Baron Cohen, who co-wrote the script with Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham (“Alan Partridge”), recently co-starred in Universal’s “Les Miserables.” He also played a BBC reporter in Paramount’s “Anchorman 2.” He’s repped by WME.