×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Obst moving shingle from Sony to Fox lot

Lynda Obst is moving her indie production company to 20th Century Fox, representing the first overall deal at the studio made by its new movie team of chairman Peter Chernin and production prexy Tom Jacobson.

Under a two-year, first-look arrangement, Obst will develop and produce features for Fox under her Lynda Obst Prods. flag.

Obst has had a long term deal at what is now Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she produced Terry Gilliam’s Oscar-winning “The Fisher King” with her former partner Debra Hill and the upcoming Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle,” directed by Nora Ephron, both for the company’s TriStar Pictures banner.

The producer’s original affiliation with Fox came last year when she produced Ephron’s directorial debut “This is My Life,” which the studio released in early 1992.

Obst, who said she has a number of projects at Fox but is “not walking in with a go picture,” said yesterday: “The goal is to help Fox move projects they have into production and to develop projects from scratch on which I will bring in my best writers and directors.”

Obst added, “It’s a very exciting open playing field over there with a brand new team in place with good will and momentum and the desire is to equally develop and produce.”

Obst’s association with Sony began in 1988, when she was signed to a first-look deal by former Columbia Pictures prexy Dawn Steel. The producer then entered a new two-year deal in January 1991 made by Steel’s successor, Frank Price.

Prior to Columbia, Obst was at Disney partnered with Hill, with whom she produced “Adventures in Babysitting” and “Heartbreak Hotel.” Hill/Obst Prods. was originally based at Paramount and moved to Disney after Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg shifted studios.

Before teaming with Hill, Obst worked with Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Peter Guber when he ran Casablanca/Polygram, becoming VP of creative affairs in 1979. Among the films she helped develop there was “Flashdance,” which Paramount released.

Three years later, Obst went to the David Geffen Co., where she worked in feature development and production.

Obst’s previous background was in journalism, having spent three years as an editor of the New York Times Magazine, and starting out as editor/author of “The Rolling Stone History of the Sixties.”

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Between Worlds Nicolas Cage

    Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff to Star in Pulse Films’ Truffle Hunter Movie ‘Pig’

    Nicolas Cage is a truffle hunter who wants his pig back in “Pig,” which started production Monday in Oregon. The film, which Michael Sarnoski will direct from his own script, will also star Alex Wolff (“Hereditary”). Pulse Films, BlockBox Entertainment, Valparaiso Pictures and Cage’s Saturn Pictures are producing in association with Escape Artists and Sweet [...]

  • Sid Haig Dies Devil's Rejects

    Sid Haig, Horror Actor in Rob Zombie Trilogy, Dies at 80

    Sid Haig, known for his role as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses” trilogy, died Saturday. He was 80. His wife announced the news on Instagram. Haig had a fall several weeks ago and suffered serious breathing complications after arriving at the hospital. He died of a lung infection. “On Saturday, September [...]

  • France Boasts Europe's Highest Number of

    France Still Boasts Europe's Highest Number of Theater Screens Per Capita

    France, Europe’s No. 1 movie-going nation, still boasts the continent’s highest number of screens per capita, according to a new study conducted by the French National Film Board (CNC). As of last year, France had 2,040 theaters and 6,000 screens – 69 more screens than in 2017. Out of the 2,040 theaters, 226 are multiplexes. [...]

  • Arab Genre Film

    Arab Genre Films Get Boost From Beirut's Maskoon Lab (EXCLUSIVE)

    Just as Netflix tries to gain traction in the Middle East by backing local genre series, such as its first Arab original, “Jinn,” from Jordan, and Egypt’s upcoming “Paranormal,” Beirut’s Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival is launching the region’s first platform dedicated to genre films. Five Arabic-language projects, ranging from a zombie comedy to a supernatural [...]

  • Simon Yam in "Little Q"

    China Box Office: Hong Kong Dog Film 'Little Q' Leads the Pack

    As China gears up for a big political anniversary and national holiday, its box office has been dominated by innocuous animal films and local fare capable of keeping censors happy but unable to make that huge of a splash. None of the top four weekend titles has scored more than 7 out of 10 on [...]

  • Vendrá-la-muerte-y-tendrá-tus-ojos

    Watch Trailer for ‘Death Will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    SAN SEBASTIAN — “Death Will Come And Shall Have Your Eyes” Italy’s Cesare Pavese wrote memorably in a poem that enchanted Chilean film director José Luis Torres Leiva a decade or so back. Now he delivers a film of that title which world premieres at San Sebastian in main competition and talks about death without, [...]

  • Ad Astra Box Office

    Box Office: 'Downton Abbey,' 'Ad Astra' and 'Rambo' Prove Power of Older Audiences

    Older audiences still care about going to the movies. That’s the takeaway after Hollywood profited by providing cinephiles of drinking age with compelling content last weekend. Three new nationwide releases — Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey,” Disney-Fox’s “Ad Astra” and Lionsgate’s “Rambo: Last Blood” — catering to these crowds enjoyed a promising start. Most notably, “Downton Abbey,” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content