Warner Bros. has signed producer Roy Lee, best known for remaking Asian fare such as “The Departed,” “The Grudge” and “The Ring,” to a three-year first-look deal.
Warners’ pact with Lee raises the number of producer deals on its lot to 34 — by far the biggest number among the Hollywood majors.
Lee’s already involved with several prominent Warner projects including its reboot of “Godzilla” with Legendary Pictures and Dan Lin; a bigscreen reboot of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with Atlas Entertainment; an adaptation of Stephen King’s “It”; Kevin and Dan Hageman’s pitch for a live-action/CGI hybrid about the fictional Acme Corp.; a “Lego” movie; and a Leonardo Da Vinci action-adventure project with Adrian Askarieh.
Lee’s also a producer on the upcoming Taylor Lautner thriller “Abduction” and was a co-producer on
“How to Train Your Dragon.” And he’s racked up an extensive list of credits on remakes including “The Lake House,” “Dark Water,” “Quarantine,” “My Sassy Girl,” “The Eye” and “The Uninvited.”
Lee began his career with stints at Alphaville and Benderspink, then formed Vertigo Entertainment with Doug Davison in 2001 with a specialty in obtaining remake rights to Asian properties. His first exec producing credit came the following year with “The Ring,” which Gore Verbinski directed, followed by “The Grudge” in 2004 and “The Grudge 2” and “The Departed” — a remake of “Infernal Affairs” — in 2006.
Lee and Davison decided earlier this year to dissolve their nine-year partnership. Lee’s execs are Irene Yeung and Carly Norris.