New Regency has made its latest three-year feature deal with a high-profile name, saying today it has signed a pact with Gore Verbinski‘s Blind Wink shingle. Verbinski directed three Pirates Of The Caribbean movies, last year’s big-budget miss The Lone Ranger, and the animated Oscar winner Rango, which marked Blind Wink’s first project. Under the new deal he will produce and direct films for New Regency, company president Brad Weston said in a release. New Regency and Blind Wink are already in development on two projects, the companies said. No titles were mentioned, but we are hearing that one is Pyongyang, a dark comedic film based on the Guy Delisle graphic novel that New Regency acquired last year for Blind Wink, with Verbinski directing and producing and Steve Conrad (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty) scripting.
Today’s news follows two other recent deals from Arnon Milchan’s financier/production company under Weston. Blind Wink joins Brad Pitt’s Plan B, which migrated from its longtime home at Paramount, and Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures, which was teaming with New Regency and Paramount on Noah, which will be released March 28.
“Teaming with great talent is where it all begins,” said Weston. “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.”
New Regency is in the Oscar hunt this year with 12 Years A Slave, distributed by Fox Searchlight via the company’s output deal with Fox. It also is on post on David Fincher’s Gone Girl and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.