Fox lifts Asbell to exec VP of production

Exec oversaw 'Chronicle' and 'Prometheus'

Just months after “Chronicle” became a surprise hit for 20th Century Fox, the studio has promoted one of its biggest early advocates — Steve Asbell — to exec VP of production.

Asbell, who joined the studio in 2002 as director of production, most recently oversaw Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” and championed “Chronicle” from its nascent stages. First-time director Josh Trank’s found-footage pic cost less than $20 million and ended up with a worldwide gross of $127 million.

Asbell’s other credits at Fox include “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Gulliver’s Travels” and “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.”

“It gives me great satisfaction to have watched Steve grow and succeed,” said production prexy Emma Watts in a statement Monday announcing Asbell’s promotion. “He delivered two excellent films for us this year in ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Chronicle.’ He’s not only a talented executive but an exceptional colleague.”

Asbell began his career as an assistant at DreamWorks and later did stints at Beacon Pictures and Mutual Film Co. Exec is at work overseeing production on James Mangold’s “The Wolverine,” as well as an upcoming sequel to “Chronicle” and a reboot of “Fantastic Four.”

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