Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler has made a three-year first look deal with Color Force, the production banner run by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. The first film under the new pact will be an adaptation of the Robert Crais novel Suspect.
Deal comes after Jacobson completed the quartet of The Hunger Games films for Lionsgate, pictures which have preoccupied the former Disney production chief for several years. Color Force worked with Gabler’s division on the Wimpy Kid series, and Jacobson and Simpson have numerous book related projects percolating. They include Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and Crazy Rich Asians, and there is also an enduring courtship if novelist Donna Tartt for her title The Goldfinch, which would land at Warner Bros. The author has shown reluctance, as that studio has sat on her debut novel, The Secret History, and has resisted demands by the author to give back the rights. Color Force senior veep Bryan Unkeless will be the liaison.
Fox 2000 and the Color Force principals issued the obligatory cavity-inducing sweet quotes.
Gabler said: “Their passion and commitment to filmmakers and material is inspirational and exciting and we know this will be a wonderful continuation to what has been an extremely collaborative and productive partnership.”
Said Jacobson: “Elizabeth Gabler is that rare executive who makes movies based on passion and instinct. Her taste, integrity and conviction make Fox 2000 the perfect place for us to grow and expand out slate.”