Michael Costigan Lands 2-Year, First-Look Deal at Sony Pictures

Former Sony executive returns to the lot with an exclusive producing deal

Sony Pictures Entertainment said Tuesday that it has entered into a two-year, exclusive first-look agreement with producer Michael Costigan and his company COTA Films.

The deal reunites Costigan with Sony Pictures, where he previously worked for nine years and served as a production executive. Costigan then served as president of Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions from 2005 until 2012.

Getty ImagesDoug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio, made the announcement jointly.

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“We couldn't be more excited to be back in business with Michael," they said in a statement. "He has a great eye for material, strong director and talent relationships and has been making interesting, original movies during his years with Scott Free. Of course he remains a great friend and we’re thrilled to be professionally reunited.”

Costigan most recently produced "Stoker," Park Chan Wook’s English-language debut starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, and "The East," starring Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard, and directed by Spirit Award nominee Zal Batmanglij.  Both films premiered last week at Sundance to positive reviews and will be released later this spring.

Costigan also produced "Out of the Furnace," directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart") and starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson.

As executive vice president of production at Sony, he acquired and developed films including "Charlie’s Angels," "Gattaca," "The People Versus Larry Flynt," "Girl Interrupted" and "Bottle Rocket."

Under the Scott Free banner, Costigan executive produced "Prometheus," "The Counselor," "Robin Hood," "Body of Lies," and "American Gangster." He also produced Mark and Jay Duplass’ "Cyrus" and "Welcome to the Rileys."

Before joining Scott Free, Costigan executive produced Ang Lee’s "Brokeback Mountain." 

Joining Costigan is Ben Leclair, who most recently produced the "Upstream Color," directed by Shane Carruth, which premiered at Sundance. He previously worked as VP, production for Mike White at Ripcord, where he was a producer of "Year of the Dog" and oversaw Jared Hess’ "Gentlemen Broncos."