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Atlas, Relativity pact for six pics

'Season of the Witch' is first title under deal

Atlas Entertainment has pacted with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media to produce at least six films over the next three years.

Steve Alexander, who recently joined Atlas from CAA, will oversee all the projects on behalf of Atlas and serve as producer on some of the films.

The first title covered under the new arrangement is the supernatural thriller “Season of the Witch,” which reteams Nicolas Cage with “Gone in Sixty Seconds” director Dominic Sena. Produced by Atlas’ Charles Roven and Alex Gartner, the film began shooting Nov. 6 in Austria and Hungary.

“Chuck is a unique producer in that he looks at films from a creative perspective, but he also is very attentive to the bottom line profitability,” Kavanaugh said. “There are few producers who have the amazing visceral talents Chuck and the Atlas team have and still look at the overall package from an investor’s standpoint.”

Relativity most recently worked with Roven on last year’s heist pic “The Bank Job,” which proved to be a modest box office hit earning $63 million worldwide.

“‘The Bank Job’ was such a great experience,” Roven said. “When Relativity decided to expand their single-picture business, we were delighted that Ryan asked us to increase our output with them.”

As part of its slate financing business, Relativity has a long-term co-financing deal in place with Sony Pictures. Atlas also is in business with Sony, having signed a first-look deal with the Culver City studio earlier this year. Relativity and Atlas say the new arrangement will present greater opportunities to partner with Sony.

“As a former agent and producer, I have experienced that the key to success is pairing great talent with smart people on both the business and creative side,” Alexander said. “You combine Chuck’s reputation for making quality films with Ryan, who is one of the smartest financial minds in Hollywood, and the end result is an unstoppable partnership.”

Atlas, which also produced last year’s “Get Smart,” is in post-production on the Sony thriller “The International,” starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, which bows Feb. 13.

As the biggest player in Hollywood’s slate financing world, Relativity has produced nearly two dozen films this year with Sony and Universal Pictures, including “Hancock,” “Wanted” and “Mamma Mia!” The company’s one-off picture business has spawned such pics as “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Forbidden Kingdom.” Last year, Relativity also struck 13 output deals covering more than 100 territories worldwide.

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