Sony Pictures in first look deal with Atlas Entertainment

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Entertainment has entered into an exclusive multi-year, first-look deal with Charles Roven and Atlas Entertainment.

Roven, along with Atlas producer Richard Suckle, are producing Columbia Pictures’ The International, starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts and directed by Tom Tykwer, set for release next year. Together with Atlas’ Alex Gartner, Roven produced Get Smart. Roven also produced the new Batman film The Dark Knight which has been directed by Christopher Nolan.

Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal says, "Chuck and I go back a long time to the days of working with Dawn Steel when we were launching Turner Pictures. I truly value a producer who can do it all and make it look easy. Chuck is equal parts Renaissance man and business man. He is the kind of producer who delivers entertaining and engaging material on time and on budget and that‘s a rare commodity these days. I am thrilled to be reuniting with him and the tremendous team at Atlas once again.”

Roven adds, “We are in a fortunate position at Atlas to be able to explore many different opportunities. Amy, Matt and I developed a number of great properties at Turner, and I’m very excited to finally have the chance to bring our relationship full circle. Every division at Sony Pictures excels at what they do and all of us at Atlas are delighted to be expanding an already productive filmmaking experience.”

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