Paramount Pictures has pacted with Walter Hill and Hildy Gottlieb for a non-exclusive, two-year deal, another indication the studio is trying to ramp up its production slate.
Hill will launch the Par deal with “Sudden Country,” an action-adventure pic described as “Treasure Island” in the West that young actor Elijah Wood (“The Good Son”) is “loosely attached to,” sources say.
“We’re thrilled to have the team of Walter and Hildy join usat Paramount,” said John Goldwyn, president of production of Par’s motion picture group. “We look forward to a long and exciting collaboration.”
The studio recently beefed up its dealmaking machinery, upping several key business affairs execs and giving them a mandate to create additional production alliances. Sources said several more production pacts are about to be firmed.
A triple threat talent as a writer-producer-director, Hill will determine his role in the projects brought to the studio. Although husband and wife for nearly a decade, the duo’s teaming is relatively new, and they opened their Par offices less than a week ago.
He recently directed the Jason Patric/Wes Studi Western “Geronimo: An American Legend” for Columbia Pictures. He also wrote Sam Pekinpah’s 1972 version of “The Getaway,” based on the Jim Thompson novel; with Amy Jones scripted the remake starring Alec Baldwin and Kim asinger, which opens Feb. 11.
Hill was also just tapped by the Zanuck Co. to helm “Wild Bill” for UA from a screenplay he wrote combining elements from Ned Wynn’s similarly titled screenplay, Pete Dexter’s “Deadwood” and Thomas Babes’s play “Fathers and Sons.”
Hill’s directing credits include “Trespass””Another 48 Hrs.” and “The Long Riders.” His writing credits include “Aliens” and “Alien3, which he also produced.” Gottlieb was previously president of Baldwin’s production company, Meadowbrook Prods., based at Orion. She also spent nine years as an agent at International Creative Management.
William Morris’ motion picture VP John Burnham was the pointman on the deal.