Verbinski’s production company, Blind Wink, and New Regency have already began developing two projects, one of which is looking to begin production this summer.
“Gore is obviously is a great filmmaker who’s made huge movies,” New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston told Variety. “We want to work with the best filmmakers to generate the best projects. The deal with Gore is a continuation of that in a great way.”
As the major studios continue to finance their tentpoles — primarily sequels, reboots and films with built-in superfans — midrange original projects have sought alternative sources of funding.
This deal gives New Regency first look at Verbinski’s projects, similar to its partnerships with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Films.
“I am really looking forward to this creative partnership with New Regency. I have tremendous respect for Arnon Milchan and the team he has put together under Brad Weston,” Verbinski said in a statement.
The director won an Oscar in 2012 for his animated film “Rango.” He also helmed the first three of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, which together grossed roughly $2.7 billion worldwide, as well as “The Lone Ranger,” one of last summer’s biggest flops that resulted in a $190 million write-down for Disney.
New Regency is currently in post production on David Fincher’s adaptation of “Gone Girl” and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman,” and will release Aronofsky’s “Noah” on March 28 with Paramount.