Paramount Pictures has recruited Peter Kang from 20th Century Fox to become the studio's executive vice president of production, Paramount's president of production Marc Evans announced on Monday.
Kang served in the same position at Fox, where he oversaw "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" from inception with producers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. He also had been shepherding the sequel, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
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While in charge of New York book operations for Fox’s main divison, Kang obtained the rights to such New York Times bestsellers as Gillian Flynn‘s wildly popular "Gone Girl," which Reese Witherspoon will produce, as well as James Dashner’s "The Maze Runner" and Ransom Riggs’ "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."
“Peter’s experience and creativity, coupled with his longstanding relationships in the film industry and in the literary world, perfectly complement Paramount’s commitment to making original and entertaining films,” Evans said in a statement. “I am delighted to welcome such a phenomenal executive to the team.”