"The Hunger Games" scribe Billy Ray has been tapped to helm the sci-fi romance pic "Departure" for Good Universe.Ray will also write the script with Jim Whitaker producing. Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce.Inspired by Martin Caidin's book "Ghosts of the Air," story follows a brilliant Miami-based FAA investigator who is obsessed with learning how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the same spot 10 minutes later. As mysterious occurrences in the skies over...
An alum of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Nathan Kahane began his entertainment career at the agent training program at ICM. Before he co-founded Good Universe with his former partner in Mandate Pictures, Joe Drake, in 2012, he worked in and co-founded a slew of film companies, beginning with Mark Canton’s WB-based The Canton Company, where he co-led the development and production slate.
He later served as Executive VP of Motion Pictures at the LA-based Senator International heading feature development and acquisition. He then co-founded Mandate Pictures with Drake where he served as president, managing such hits as the Best Screenplay Oscar-winning “Juno” and break-out comedy “This Is The End.”
Kahane oversees the fully-serviced film financing, production and sales company’s diverse slate that includes the sci-fi thriller “Extinction” directed by Ben Young and starring Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan for Universal and the comedy “Ibiza” starring Gillian Jacobs for for Netflix.
In addition, he manages the company’s first look deal with Point Grey Pictures, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s production shingle. The current slate includes the James Franco comedy “The Disaster Artist”; “The Pact,” directed by Kay Cannon for Universal; and “Flarsky” directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Charlize Theron and Rogen for Lionsgate. Previous productions include the box office sensation and critically acclaimed “Neighbors.”
Kahane is building a slate of films with Fede Alvarez in their newly formed content company Bad Hombre, which recently announced its first project.