Gore Verbinski will produce and direct movies for New Regency under a new first-look deal between the studio and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” filmmaker. Verbinski’s Blind Wink production company is already developing two movies at New Regency, one of which will go into production this summer.
New Regency will finance the movies, and Fox, where the company has a deal, will distribute. New Regency recently signed a similar deal with Plan B, Brad Pitt‘s production company, which had been based at Paramount.
Verbinski is best known for directing the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, “The Ring” and the animated film “Rango.” His last movie was “The Lone Ranger,” a rare box office whiff from the team of Verbinski and Depp. Verbinski has yet to produce a movie he did not direct, but he did executive produce “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” the Ben Stiller-directed adaptation of a James Thurber short story.
“Teaming with great talent is where it all begins,” New Regency chief Brad Weston said in a statement. “From there, all of the other elements for success fall into place. With Gore, we have a brilliant, creative mind who is passionate about the material and who we are incredibly proud to call our partner.”