EXCLUSIVE: New Regency has become a co-financier on the untitled film that Cameron Crowe is directing for Sony Pictures, starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray. Regency will share its 50% investment with RatPac, the company launched by James Packer and Brett Ratner that just recently teamed with Dune Entertainment for a $450 million slate financing deal with Warner Bros. That deal got off to a strong start as the studio brought them in on Gravity.
Crowe wrote the script and is producing the untitled film with Scott Rudin. They have been low key on the log line, but the film has romance and comedy and is said to in the spirit of past Crowe pics Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. The film will be released domestically by Sony Pictures, and Fox International will release it overseas. New Regency principal Arnon Milchan had a long history with Kerry Packer, which made for an easy match with his son, RatPac partner James Packer.
It adds to a New Regency slate that looks good, despite the recent disappointment Runner Runner. Besides 12 Years A Slave, which New Regency co-financed with River Road and produced with that company and Plan B and Channel 4, New Regency is partnered with Paramount on the Darren Aronofsky-directed biblical epic Noah, which will be released in March with Russell Crowe starring; the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed Birdman, which New Regency co-financed with Fox Searchlight and Worldview Entertainment; and the David Fincher-directed Gone Girl, which New Regency co-financed with Fox, with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike starring in the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn best seller.