EXCLUSIVE: Appian Way, which has broadened its slate in features and moved into television, has promoted Michael Hampton and Nathaniel Posey to co-vice president status and has named James Ward to be creative executive to help handle the volume. They report to Appian Way principal Leonardo DiCaprio and president of production Jennifer Davisson Killoran.
Hampton and Posey are homegrown talent. Hampton worked at LBI Entertainment before moving to Appian Way two years ago and has steered development of Graveland, which Brian koppelman & David Levien are directing for New Regency; the adaptation of A. Scott Berg’s biography of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson at Warner Bros; and Home, which Dennis Iliadis wrapped for Blumhouse. Posey got his start at Silver Pictures and Brillstein before moving to Appian Way six years ago and working his way up. He’s worked on the live-action adaptation of Akira that Appian Way is producing with Andrew Lazar and which Jaume Collet-Serra will direct, as well as the viking epic King Harald which is a star vehicle for DiCaprio, and Live By Night, the Dennis Lehane novel that Ben Affleck has scripted and will direct, star in and produce with Appian.
“Both Nathaniel and Michael have been at Appian during a crucial time for us,” DiCaprio said. Said Davisson Killoran: “As we enter into a new exciting phase their enthusiasm will allow us to continue to establish a unique and robust production slate. This is a tremendous opportunity to continue to find and nurture the best talent and projects. As the company has grown, so have the talents of both these men.”
Appian Way is coming off the Best Picture nominated Wolf Of Wall Street and Out Of The Furnace and The ides Of March. Beyond the projects I mentioned above, they have Twilight Zone with Oblivion’s Joseph Kosinski directing, the untitled project Appian Way is producing with Misher Films and Jonah Hill about Richard Jewell, a security guard who was wrongly accused of planting a bomb at the Olympics in Atlanta. Billy Ray is scripting and Hill and DiCaprio will star for Fox. Appian is teamed with Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park on an adaptation of Blood On Snow, the first of two crime novels Jo Nesbo wrote under the pseudonym Tom Johansson. Chris Sparling is adapting for Daniel Espinosa to direct with DiCaprio potentially starring for Warner Bros.