Duo renew first-look deal for five years
producers they are today. At Columbia, Smith has become an integral part of the studio’s slate. He has made or produced 11 films for Sony that have generated more than $2.9 billion worldwide at the box office, including “The Pursuit of Happyness,” the “Men in Black” films, “Bad Boys,” “Bad Boys II” and “Ali.” Overbrook has also begun to branch out to produce non-Smith starrers such as “Lakeview Terrace,” which opened No. 1 at the box office earlier this year. Similarly, Overbrook will produce for Sony a remake of “The Karate Kid,” which will star Smith’s son Jaden. Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia, said the Overbrook trio has “achieved an unprecedented level of success over the past several years, and they constantly seek new challenges and push for creative excellence.” On Friday, Sony will release the Overbrook drama “Seven Pounds,” which Smith stars in and produced. Directed by “Pursuit of Happyness’ ” Gabriele Muccino, the film also was produced by Lassiter. “Columbia has been our home base, officially, for seven years, and unofficially for years before that,” Lassiter, Smith and Stovitz said. “In that time, Amy, Matt, Doug and their team have been colleagues, creative partners, friends and allies. Like us, they always have the best interest of the film at heart, and you can’t ask for more in a studio.”
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