After a long partnership at Centropolis with Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin has formed his own company, Electric Entertainment, with the intention of making franchise films as well as interactive, music and TV projects.
Move came after Centropolis’ overall Sony deal wasn’t renewed and Emmerich decided he no longer wanted to run a large production company, preferring to concentrate on his directing projects.
Devlin has named former Centropolis chief operating officer Philippe Maigret to take the same post at Electric. The venture will absorb much of Centropolis’ film development slate and staff, while Emmerich will keep the Centropolis moniker for his own films. Maigret has begun working with CAA to arrange strategic alliances with financiers and studios for a company that has aspirations to revolve around numerous directors instead of just one.
Emmerich will continue to work with Devlin on future projects, including the ones the two have been developing, and Devlin will look to make his directorial debut. That may come on “Cellular,” a Sony-based drama about a man who gets a random call on a cell phone from a kidnapped woman, and attempts to help her and her kidnapped son.
In their Centropolis run, Devlin and Emmerich teamed on “Stargate,” “Independence Day, “Godzilla” and, finally, “The Patriot,” films that collectively grossed $1.6 billion. The biggest hit was “Independence Day,” which remains the fourth highest-grossing film of all time.
They most recently completed a three-year Sony deal. There, they made “Godzilla,” which grossed $400 million worldwide, and “The Patriot,” which grossed $217 million worldwide. Centropolis also produced “The 13th Floor,” and is currently producing “Arac Attack.”
“Dean and I have enjoyed a very successful partnership for over 10 years and will continue to do so,” said Emmerich. “While I will be focusing on directing, I fully support Dean’s efforts to build Electric Entertainment and look forward to collaborating with him in the future.”