Davis Pacts With Fox

“The Fugitive” director Andrew Davis has inked a three-year first-look directing and producing deal with 20th Century Fox, a month after the studio agreed to pay him nearly $5 million to helm “Dead Drop,” a planned 1996 release, with Keanu Reeves.

Davis’ non-exclusive deal with Fox’s worldwide production prexy Tom Jacobson runs concurrent with a nonexclusive three put picture pact Davis made with Savoy Pictures 16 months ago. Both deals allow him to make films independently or for other studios.

Following “Dead Drop,” Davis said he will likely make a thriller, “Ground Burst,” for Savoy. Davis’ Chicago Pacific Entertainment has developed the project, about an archaeologist and his unusual discovery.

Although the financial details of the Fox deal were not available, the studio will pay a large portion of Davis’ operating costs. The director has set up offices and post-production facilities in Santa Barbara, where he is based.

“Fox has made an investment in me, and I consider them one of my partners,” Davis said.

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