This may have been in the works before today, but now Sony Pictures is finally making is official with an announcement of their two-year first-look deal with Immersive Pictures. Their announcement includes a handful of meaty productions now in development with many of these titles having picked up steam in recent weeks, and several periodicals online have already reported them, so the details shouldn't be too hard to look up if one or more of these peaks your interest.
CULVER CITY, Calif., Feb. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Pictures Entertainment has entered into a two-year, first-look deal with Josh Bratman's Immersive Pictures, it was announced today by Michael De Luca and Hannah Minghella, presidents of Production for Columbia Pictures.
In the deal, Bratman is developing and will produce a number of films for the studio, including:
The Harlem Hellfighters, based on the bestselling graphic novel by Max Brooks (the author of World War Z), with Overbrook Entertainment;
The Black Count, based on Tom Reiss' bestselling biography of General Alex Dumas, the father of Alexandre Dumas, the author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, with John Legend's Get Lifted Productions and Cary Fukunaga attached to adapt and direct;
The Sculptor, based on Scott McCloud's graphic novel, which Bratman will produce with Scott Rudin;
The Themis Files, an upcoming epic sci-fi debut novel by Sylvain Neuvel, which David Koepp will adapt and on which Bratman will team with Matt Tolmach Productions;
and Descender, based on Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen's upcoming graphic novel.
Before founding Immersive Pictures, Bratman worked as an executive for Sony Pictures-based Michael De Luca Productions for over a decade. There, he oversaw and executive produced various projects for De Luca, who is now president of Production for the studio.
"Josh has been an important part of the Sony Pictures family for many years. This deal just cements that fact," said De Luca and Minghella. "He's an incredibly skilled producer, capable of the best work on many different kinds of films. We're thrilled that we'll be keeping him in-house as he continues to work on some of our most important development projects."
Bratman's deal was handled by CAA and by attorney Greg Slewett of Bloom Hergott.