New Line Cinema has inked a two-year, first-look deal with Hayden and Tove Christensen’s Forest Park Pictures.
Hayden Christensen, who is on the cover of the March Vanity Fair in the character of his career-making role as Anakin Skywalker, the future Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” saga, first worked with New Line on the Kevin Kline starrer “Life as a House.”
“(Hayden’s) performance (in “Life”) blew me away,” New Line production prexy Toby Emmerich said. “By having a deal, my gut is that some really great things are going to come out of it.”
Over the course of the “Life” shoot, New Line exec VP production Lynn Harris got to know the actor and his older brother, Tove.
“We talked a lot about the kinds of movies he wanted to make, for him and Hayden to produce as well as for Hayden to star,” Harris said. “We don’t have a lot of young, plugged-in guys looking for material, and what better way than to bring in a young producer and talent?”
The offices of Forest Park are based in Los Angeles, where Tove makes his home, but Hayden’s home base remains the brothers’ stomping grounds in Toronto.
Tove came to Los Angeles six years ago as a way to delay going to law school after graduating from the U. of Pennsylvania. After flirting briefly with acting, Tove joined his brother in developing projects.
“Then Hayden got ‘Star Wars,’ Tove said. “It both made things a lot easier and a lot more complicated. We’re interested in developing character-driven material. We want to make movies that are more than a reason to go to the theater and eat popcorn.”
Hayden is repped by CAA and manager Robbie Kass.