Confirming speculation, the directing duo of Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes signed a two-picture, three-year deal with Caravan Prods., it was announced Tuesday.
According to the lengthy Caravan agreement, the deal calls for the Hughes brothers (“Menace II Society”) to auteur two movies for distribution by Disney over the next three years.
Talent agency and production sources said Tuesday that Intl. Creative Management pulled off a lengthy and touchy negotiation to extricate the two from a commitment with New Line Cinema in order to complete the Caravan deal.
New Line held the rights to the Hughes’ next feature as part of a deal to produce the debut film “Menace.” The two-picture deal was negotiated by the Hughes’ agent, Jeff Robinov.
As part of the new agreement, the Hughes brothers will make “Public Enemy” as their next movie for Caravan, followed by a film for New Line Pictures, then a second picture for Caravan.
The signing is the latest in Walt Disney Studios’ bid to become more involved in Hollywood’s burgeoning African-American filmmaking community, with the likes of director Spike Lee, producers Reginald and Warrington Hudlin and director John Singleton.