Trio co-developing 'Stalin,' 'Friends Like These'
Danny Wallace about what happened when he decided to track down his 12 best friends from childhood. Owen, who received an Oscar nomination for “Elizabeth” in 1999, founded Ruby a decade ago, producing such pics as “Sylvia,” “Proof” and “Brick Lane.” Trijbits became her partner last year after six years as head of the U.K. Film Council’s New Cinema Fund. Owen also has an informal co-producing relationship with Scott Rudin, who himself has a production deal with Disney and Miramax. Rudin and Owen worked together on “The Other Boleyn Girl” for Sony, Focus and BBC Films. They already have a number of other projects in joint development with Film4, including a film based on Zadie Smith’s novel “On Beauty,” which Abi Morgan is adapting, and a movie version of Enda Walsh’s play “Chatroom,” as well as plans to join forces on projects for Miramax in the future. Ruby has had a first-look deal with Film4 for two years, but that pact has now been extended and expanded to accommodate the larger relationship with Miramax. Accord goes beyond a simple joint first-look deal, as it lays down a clear structure for the two partners to greenlight and fully finance production at various budget levels, typically $10 million-$20 million. It will give Ruby the resources to compete for British material and talent with the U.S. majors and with other U.K. producers that have studio backing, such as Working Title and DNA Films.