Scott Rudin has amicably split from Disney and inked a three-year, first-look, non-exclusive deal with Sony Pictures, the studio behind last year’s best picture nominee “The Social Network,” which Rudin produced.
Move had been expected, with Rudin involved in several of Sony’s high-profile pics, including its upcoming adaptations of “Moneyball” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Rudin and his eponymous shingle had officially been housed at Disney since September 2006, with the deal set to expire later this year. However, when Rich Ross came aboard as Disney chairman and decided to sell Miramax and re-emphasize the Mouse House’s mandate to make family-friendly films, Rudin began negotiating an exit, as he’s best known for producing adult-oriented fare such as Miramax’s “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood.”
With the move, Rudin joins his “Social Network” producing partners Michael DeLuca and Dana Brunetti at Sony, though he’ll continue to work out of his Gotham offices. Trio are also teaming with Sony on an adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s “Sex on the Moon” and Paul Greengrass’ Somali pirate pic, which is set to star Tom Hanks as the heroic Capt. Richard Phillips.
Since Rudin’s deal isn’t exclusive to Sony, he’ll have the freedom to shop projects to other studios. He remains active all over town, with Warner Bros. set to release the Rudin-produced adaptation of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” this December. He’s currently producing the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “The Dictator” for Paramount and Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” for Focus Features.