Steven Mnuchin, chairman of One West Bank and Dune Capital Management is said to be considering the venture, and has met with Sony heads Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, according to reports. Sources tell Variety the talks are in very early stages and just one of many options being considered.
Not surprisingly, Robinov, who is looking to capitalize on the runaway success of “Gravity,” which he greenlit, is meeting with anyone he can in Hollywood as he figures out his future moves after leaving Warner Bros. as the studio’s film chief in June. While many have believed he would end up at 20th Century Fox, an executive role there is not being negotiated with Jim Gianopulos.
Any new financing at Sony would come as the studio is closing a three-year co-financing deal with Blue Anchor Entertainment that would bring between $300 million and $350 million in equity to the studio and potential line of credit.
Robinov has a relationship with King after the producer made “The Departed,” “The Town” and “Argo” at Warner Bros.
Under terms of his departure from Warner Bros., Robinov can’t start a new job until the middle of November.
Sony declined to comment. Robinov and King also haven’t commented.
The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.