Graham King Signs One-Year, First-Look Deal With WB

Graham King returns to Warner Bros with a one-year, first-look deal

Last Updated: September 14, 2012 @ 9:57 AM

Graham King has signed a one-year first-look deal with Warner Bros. for his GK Films production company, a WB spokesman told TheWrap. 

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King has produced a string of big hits for the studio in the past, including "The Departed," "Blood Diamond" and "The Town." GK films' latest Warner Bros. release, "Dark Shadows," was a box office disappointment, one of many casualties of "The Avengers" box office run.

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King had been signed to a three-year deal at Sony that included the upcoming "Jersey Boys." 

That project, which tells the story of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, will now be released by Warner Bros next December. Jon Favreau is directing.

King and Warner Bros. must still work out whether King will be responsible for making a certain numbers of films under the new deal. 

Warner Bros. is in the hunt for tentpoles, and though King's movies are often more dramatic or quirky than the standard summer fare, he tends to work with high-profile talent in front of and behind the camera, from Martin Scorsese to Johnny Depp.

He also gives Warner Bros. another whack at the annual awards, as King's "The Departed" won a Best Picture Oscar and "Argo," from Warner Bros.-based director Ben Affleck, is an early frontunner this year.

Deadline first reported the deal.