Erik Olsen joins new film production company
Rick and Julie Yorn, who split from the Firm to form a new management-production venture, have made a first-look deal at 20th Century Fox.Erik Olsen is leaving his post as Silver Pictures senior vice president and joining the production company as a production executive. Olsen worked on “Book of Eli” at Silver and was the exec on “The Orphan,” a recently completed film that Silver produced with Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran. DiCaprio and Killoran have teamed with the Yorns on their first new project: They made a New Regency deal for the Josh Bazell novel “Beat the Reaper,” which will be developed as a DiCaprio starring vehicle that will be distributed by Fox. Fox is where Firm Films had its deal. After she phased out her management business (repping clients like Peter Berg, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi), Julie Yorn ran Firm Films, and the shingle produced such films as “Max Payne,” “Bride Wars,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” and “First Sunday.” Separately, Rick Yorn is a producer on “The Wolf Man.” There are still several projects that were developed by Firm Films, including “Unstoppable,” a film that once had Martin Campbell attached. While the Firm is still being dissolved, it is likely that the new company will take over those projects.