'Juno' director starts production company in L.A.
“Juno” helmer Jason Reitman is hanging a new shingle: Right of Way Films.The West Hollywood-based outfit has a development partnership with Indian Paintbrush, the financing and production company headed by billionaire Steven Rales. Helen Estabrook will run development for Right of Way. Reitman shuttered his former production company, Hard C, a couple of months ago and parted ways with his longtime producer, Dan Dubiecki. Estabrook started with Reitman as an assistant and has grown to become his creative partner. “Helen seems to understand the dead center target of my very finite taste,” Reitman said. The plan is for Right of Way to develop and package projects inhouse. Reitman says the films are intended to be directing vehicles for him, but some could become producing projects. On the slate are new scripts by Jenny Lumet and the Duplass brothers. And two former Hard C projects — ninja comedy “Bonzai Shadowhands” and football pic “Whispers in Bedlam” — transfer to Right of Way. Indian Paintbrush backed Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited” as well as his upcoming animated pic “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Both are Fox Searchlight releases. Reitman is currently in post production on his latest film, “Up in the Air,” which he adapted, directed and produced. The Paramount release stars George Clooney and preems at the Toronto Film Festival next month. Estabrook is an associate producer on the film. Reitman also produced Fox’s horror comedy “Jennifer’s Body,” which was written by Oscar-winning “Juno” scribe Diablo Cody and stars Megan Fox.
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