Studio and former prexy reunite for pix
Former Paramount Pictures co-president Tom Jacobson has signed a first-look deal with the studio under his eponymous production banner.
Pact comes six weeks after Par chief Brad Grey announced that he was aiming to ink Jacobson to such a deal amid a sweeping revamp of the studio’s exec suite, including Jacobson’s departure.
Jacobson’s first project under the deal will be sci-fier “The Demolished Man.” Pic is to be helmed by Andrew Dominik from a screenplay by Milo Addica (“Monster’s Ball”), based on Alfred Bester’s 1953 novel about a telepathic police officer. Ray Wagner will serve as exec producer.
Gail Berman, who assumed the studio presidency last week, made the announcement Wednesday, declaring, “Tom is returning to his first love — producing — and we’re happy he’ll be doing it here on the lot. His many years of filmmaking experience will be a valuable asset to us as we move forward in this new era for the studio.”
In early 2003, Sherry Lansing tapped Jacobson to share the title of Par co-prexy with John Goldwyn in the first of a series of wholesale changes at the studio. Goldwyn ankled the slot for a producing deal in late 2003 and was replaced by the now-departed Donald De Line; Lansing was replaced by Grey in March.
During his stint as co-president, Jacobson worked on developing a “When Worlds Collide” remake, “John Carter of Mars,” “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” and adaptations of Tom Clancy properties including “Red Rabbit,” “Rainbow Six” and “Without Remorse.”
Before coming to Par, Jacobson had been a producer on the Disney lot for eight years, with credits on “The Ladykillers,” “Big Trouble,” “Mission to Mars” and “Mighty Joe Young.”
Jacobson spent a half-dozen years, starting in the late 1980s, as an energetic Fox exec, rising from exec veep to production prexy, overseeing such hits as “Home Alone,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance,” “Nine Months,” the “Hot Shots” movies, “Speed,” “Broken Arrow” and “Independence Day.”
He began his career as a production exec, working for Roger Corman, Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and then served as president of John Hughes Entertainment. He was a producer on “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Uncle Buck.”