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Danny Boyle signs 3-year deal

Filmmaker pacts with Fox Searchlight, Pathe

Filmmaker Danny Boyle has inked a three-year producing pact with Fox Searchlight and Pathe Pictures, both of which played a crucial role in propelling Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” to worldwide success.

Under the terms of the deal, Searchlight and Pathe will co-finance and co-produce Boyle’s projects.

The director has yet to announce his next film.

Searchlight will distribute in the U.S. and a number of foreign territories not handled by Pathe.

Pathe will distribute in territories including the U.K., France, Ireland and Switzerland.

Boyle has strong connections to both companies. Pathe boarded “Slumdog Millionaire” early on and handled international sales, as well as distributing in the U.K.

Searchlight stepped forward and took over domestic distribution of “Slumdog” from Warner Bros. at the 11th hour, after Warner Independent Pictures was shuttered. (Warners remained a financial partner.)

Boyle has produced three other movies for Searchlight, including “28 Days Later.”

Only recently did Boyle step off the months-long publicity campaign for “Slumdog.” Around the time of its Oscar wins, the pic began its foreign run in earnest. After that, there was the film’s release on DVD to promote.

“Slumdog” is one of the most successful indie movies of all time at the worldwide box office. Film grossed $114.3 million worldwide and $211.5 million overseas for a worldwide total of $352.8 million.

Boyle’s producing partner on “Slumdog” was Christian Colson.

The first-look pact comes at a fortuitous time for Searchlight, which has new toppers in Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley, both veterans of the specialty label. Duo took over the reins of leadership upon Peter Rice’s departure earlier this year to become entertainment chairman at Fox Broadcasting Co.

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