Mostow/Lieberman Productions principals Jonathan Mostow and Hal Lieberman are terminating their six-year partnership.
The parting was spurred by Mostow’s desire to be a more selective writer-director while Lieberman becomes a more prolific producer.
The split will occur along with the close of a Mostow/Lieberman first-look deal with Universal that expires in June. Mostow and Lieberman became friendly when the latter was production president at Universal. After they formed the partnership, they made their first film for the studio, the Mostow-directed WWII thriller “U-571.”
The pair most recently completed the Mostow-directed “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” and “Around the World in 80 Days,” the Walden Media-financed pic that will be released this summer by Disney.
At its core, the split came down to differing goals. Mostow likes to spend as long as necessary to hone meticulously plotted thrillers. Lieberman, who was a very hands-on presence in “80 Days” and helped surround Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan with cameo perfs from the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, is eager to get more films into production.
“We had a great run and although I plan to produce a few selective projects, I found myself wanting to spend more time writing and directing,” Mostow said.
Said Lieberman: “The opportunity to produce our movies and see the success has been extremely gratifying.”
The duo will next produce “Mexicali,” the Pietro Scalia-directed pic that will star Pierce Brosnan. Mostow has also been writing an untitled thriller that he intends to direct at Paramount.