NEW YORK Martin Bregman, a producing fixture at Universal Pictures the past nine years, has moved to MGM/UA, where his Bregman Prods. will have a one-year first-look deal. It is the first such deal the studio has made since MGM/UA chairman Frank Mancuso completed a management-led buyout last year. “I had terrific relationships with the old management at Universal, but they’re gone, and it seemed like a good time to move on,” Bregman said. “Frank Mancuso is an old friend of mine, and we’ve talked a long time about doing something together.
“At Universal, I had been brought in by Tom Pollock, and if you don’t have the guy who brought you, it becomes difficult.” At U, Bregman produced such films as “Carlito’s Way,” “Sea of Love” and “The Shadow.”
The veteran producer has established new office space in West Hollywood, and his key execs will continue to be Dan Jinks, executive vice president of production, and the East Coast-based Michael Bregman. The three most recently produced “Nothing to Lose,” the Steve Oede-kerk-directed comedy starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins. Touchstone will release the film May 23. The three also will continue developing Universal’s adaptation of the Jeffrey Deaver novel “The Bone Collector,” which is being adapted by Jeremy Iacone.
Martin Bregman will develop projects for MGM and United Artists, and will continue a relationship with Michael Mendelsohn of Bank Paribas, who formed Patriot Films. Patriot is fully financing three small-budget films being produced by Bregman, which possibly will find distribution through MGM/UA. The films are “One Tough Cop,” “Impossible” and “Dog Hills.”
“Cop” is a drama based on the life of Gotham private eye and former cop Bo Dietl, starring Mark Wahlberg, Chris Penn and Amy Irving. It begins shooting March 17 in New York. Bruno Barreto will direct from an Iacone script.
A final rewrite is due on the Diane Amsterdam-scripted comic love story “Impossible,” which will be directed by Susan Seidelman (“Desperately Seeking Susan”). And on mob thriller “Dog Hills,” Bregman and Harold Becker will team as