BREAKING: Bill Block’s Billblock Media has closed a two-year, first-look production deal with Warner Bros. Pictures, which now will handle global distribution for all of the company’s titles. The first film in development is director Sam Raimi’s near-future feature World War 3, which is based on predictions in George Friedman’s nonfiction best-seller The Next 100 Years that the company recently optioned.
As part of the deal, Block — the former CEO of QED — also has closed what is said to be a multimillion-dollar private development fund to acquire and develop projects with global distribution potential for packaging. This comes after the executive just recently partnered with Red Granite on a multi-year agreement in which Red Granite will serve as the exclusive international sales agent for his films.
“Warner Bros. has first look at global rights and if they pass on the project, then we set it up at another studio with Red Granite selling international,” Block told Deadline, who says that he is putting together a slate of projects now.
Block’s recent production titles include the Zac Efron-Robert De Niro romp Dirty Grandpa, which released on January 22, and the Mila Kunis-Christina Applegate comedy Bad Moms, which was produced for STX. That film, currently in production, will be distributed through STX which has worldwide rights.
Other films on which Block oversaw production in his previous incarnation as CEO at QED included David Ayer’s Fury, which starred Brad Pitt; Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 and Elysium; as well as Oliver Stone’s W. Another credit is Fading Gigolo, starring Woody Allen and John Turturro.