Brad Pitt’s Plan B Leaving Paramount for New Regency, RatPac

Brad Pitt Plan B Leaving Paramount
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Company likely to sign deal with New Regency

After an eight-year run at Paramount, Brad Pitt’s Plan B has signed a three year deal with New Regency and RatPac Entertainment. Under the agreement, New Regency and Brett Ratner’s RatPac will finance future films from Plan B, and RatPac will have the opportunity to co-finance the multiple projects from Pitt’s production company currently in development at New Regency.

“Our company is built on working with the best talent in the business,” said Brad Weston, President and CEO, New Regency.

“Plan B has become a consistent supplier of top-tier material and talent,” said James Packer and Brett Ratner, founders of RatPac Entertainment. “As a new company, for us to be able to partner withArnon and his team at New Regency on this deal, it gives us a great jump-start for what we are trying to accomplish.

The news is interesting, since Paramount and Pitt have just tapped Juan Antonio Bayona to helm the sequel to “World War Z.”

Plan B and Paramount had gone through some rough times in the last year after a problematic shoot on “World War Z,” but those problems seemed to fade once “World War Z” grossed more than $540 million at the worldwide box office.

A report also surfaced in October that Paramount execs believed they were not given an opportunity to consider Plan B’s “12 Years a Slave” before it landed with New Regency and Fox Searchlight.

Paramount Vantage did distribute “A Mighty Heart” and “Year of the Dog,” but after the specialty label was dissolved, the only Plan B film Paramount  distributed was “World War Z.”

One insider who works with both Plan B and New Regency said the move has less to do with problems between Plan B and Paramount and more to do with Plan B fitting in better with a company such as New Regency.

“There are very few partners in this business who are able to balance artistic integrity with commercial viability,” Pitt’s company said in a statement. “Working hand in hand with New Regency and RatPac, we feel we have found the perfect fit.”

Besides “World War Z,” no other Plan B titles were close to going into production at Paramount, even though Pitt’s company is still active in developing projects.

The company, co-founded by Dede Gardner, has always been attracted to book adaptations like “12 Years a Slave” and its next production “True Story,” starring Jonah Hill and James Franco, is being co-produced by New Regency with Fox distributing.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

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  1. Norris13 says:

    When I saw that “Naked Gun” was being rebooted and saw the picture of Ed Helms, I must admit given my eyesight, I thought he was Hugh Grant. Thank God, it wasn’t Hugh Grant. I just hope and pray Hollywood has paid whatever debt it perceives to owe Jolly ole England, and has decided to pay an all-expense non return of Mr. Grant–that is, sent him packing. I can’t forget when he said someone had invaded his privacy. Well, if someone had, that person was probably trying for find out what acting school he had attended so that he could be re-admitted. I am a published mystery writer, having written A Murder in Our Midst, and I couldn’t possibly describe Mr. Grant flatteringly for print.

  2. Norris13 says:

    I am extremely happy for Mr. Pitt, for he has a loving wife, children, and an active acting career.

  3. Dee says:

    Brad Pitt just didn’t decide to leave Paramount. Paramount, decided not to renew Plan B’s contract, which runs out at the end of this year. In essence Paramount FIRED Brad Pitt and his production company. I think it has a lot to do with the production of WWZ, the fact that Plan B, breached their agreement regarding 12 Years a Slave, and that it hasn’t proven to be a profitable collaboration for years.

  4. William says:

    Before 12 Years a Slave and last year’s Django Unchained, there hasn’t been one since 1998 with Beloved. You could say Lincoln was one too but it was more about him dealing with. But for argument sake, that’s 3 films in 15 years.

  5. heathnav says:

    Title: “Brad Pitt’s Plan B Leaving Paramount for New Regency, RatPac”

    Subtitle: “Company likely to sign deal with New Regency”

    In Article:
    “After an eight-year run at Paramount, Brad Pitt’s Plan B has signed a three year deal with New Regency and RatPac Entertainment.”

    “While a deal hasn’t been worked out yet with New Regency, there is also a possibility that Plan B could begin developing projects with Fox 2000.”

    This article contradicts itself too many times to be taken seriously. Also, there are two credits, Justin Kroll and Dave McNary. Then at the end, “The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.”

    Has Variety entered the same domain as the Star and Enquirer, or TMZ?

  6. robin says:

    Man, is that it? I’d love to have these problems!!

  7. Glenn C. says:

    It’s called the film business. Lots of exchanges and moving around. Where egos and money are involved this will follow!

  8. Loretta says:

    This is so weird

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