Hitmaker's mega 4-year deal with studio includes feature component
Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre are closing in on a mammoth four-year overall production-development deal that for the first time calls for him to also develop feature projects for the studio for the first time.Pact has been months in the making and succeeds his previous deal which expired in May. It’s a sign of the strength of Lorre’s relationship with Warners that there was never any question about him relocating to another shop. Latest deal will keep his Chuck Lorre Prods. banner on the lot through 2016. Warner Bros. declined to comment. The showrunner and studio endured a trial by fire together last year when “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen went on a public tirade against Lorre and the show, a meltdown that ultimately cost Sheen his job. Lorre and the “Men” team successfully relaunched the show last season with new star Ashton Kutcher. The feature development component was an important element as Lorre is said to be eager to expand into the big screen arena. The ICM-repped Lorre has spent the past dozen years on the Burbank lot, delivering mega sitcom hits in “Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.” His third CBS laffer, “Mike and Molly,” is heading into its third season next month. Lorre is also branching out into the book world with the release of “What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Bitter,” a collection of the hundreds of vanity card missives that run at the end of all of his shows. Book will be released in October by CBS Corp.’s Simon and Schuster.