Helmer sets up two-year first-look deal
producer or writer. McCarthy’s resume includes writing and directing “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor” and story credit with Pete Docter and Bob Peterson on Disney’s “Up.” Acting credits include “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Syriana,” “Good Night and Good Luck,” “Meet the Parents” and “Little Fockers” along with being featured in the final season of “The Wire.” OddLot principal Gigi Pritzker said, “Tom is a real visionary and talent. His passion and intelligence comes through in his work.” McCarthy said of OddLot: “Their proven mission of supporting artists while providing creative freedom is exactly what I was looking for in a partner.” OddLot was a producer on “Drive” and it’s in pre-production on “Ender’s Game” based on Orson Scott Card’s novel about the resistance to an extraterrestrial alien invasion. Gavin Hood will direct, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will co-produce with OddLot’s Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough, along with Card and Lynn Hendee. Digital Domain is also a producing partner with Summit, which will release the pic in 2013. The deal was negotiated by McCarthy’s reps at Gersh and attorney Andrew Hurwitz of Schreck Rose and by OddLot’s Aaron Michiel.