Sony Pictures extends De Luca deal

Extension keeps producer at studio through 2011

Sony Pictures Entertainment has extended its first-look deal with producer Michael De Luca for a second time.

The studio announced the renewal Thursday. The extension keeps De Luca, who’s been at Sony since 2004 following his long stint as New Line’s production chief, through 2011.

De Luca produced two solid performers for Sony — “21,” which grossed more than $150 million worldwide, and “Ghost Rider,” with $230 million worldwide.

Sony said De Luca’s about to begin production on “Priest” for Screen Gems. He’s also developing baseball drama “Moneyball”; “The Social Network,” which chronicles the creation of Facebook; and a film based on the story of Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama, who was recently captured by Somali pirates and then rescued by the U.S. Navy.

The latter two projects will be produced with Dana Brunetti and Scott Rudin, who will also be involved with “Moneyball.”

De Luca has promoted Bryan Haas to creative executive. He’s served as assistant to Josh Bratman and worked on “21” and “Zathura.”

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