Killer carves a new niche at Warners

Upcoming releases include 'The Grey Zone'

NEW YORK — Another Gotham specialty shingle is getting into bed with the big boys.

Killer Films, having ended its pact with Clear Blue Sky, has struck a one-year, first-look deal with Warner Bros. Company will continue to receive equity funding for its pics from John Wells Prods.

Terms of the Warner Bros. deal were not disclosed, but, as with all first-look pacts, Killer will have the option to shop its low- and modestly-budgeted pics to specialty labels or other studios if Warner Bros. passes.

Killer, known for specialty fare like “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Safe,” “Happiness” and “Kids,” will be on hand at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, beginning today, to help launch the North American premiere of Todd Haynes’ “Far From Heaven.” Film recently world premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

Killer last year had “The Safety of Objects” at Toronto; company’s most recent producing effort is “One Hour Photo,” which for the second week in the row won the Gotham specialty box-office crown.

Run by Christine Vachon, Katie Roumel and Pam Koffler, Killer has carved out a niche for itself in Gotham, and its pics consistently are picked up by specialty distribs. Sundance fave, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” for example, was produced by Killer and was released by Fine Line. Forthcoming releases include “The Grey Zone,” co-starring Tim Blake Nelson.

Vachon and Killer are repped by CAA and John Sloss of Cinetic Media.

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