Neal Moritz’s Original Film banner has reupped its first-look deal with Columbia Pictures through 2015.
As one of Sony’s most prolific producers, Moritz has been responsible for tentpoles such as “The Green Hornet” and “Battle: Los Angeles,” which opens Friday.
Deal extends Moritz’s existing pact, which doesn’t expire until December 2012, for three years to 2015.
“We have been working together with Neal for nearly 15 years and, over that time, we have partnered with him and his team on more than 20 films,” Columbia prexy Doug Belgrad said in a statement. “He knows what audiences want and is completely dedicated to delivering hits that audiences worldwide consistently enjoy.”
Earlier this year, “The Green Hornet,” produced by Moritz’s Original, hit multiplexes and became the best 2011 domestic release to date, with $97.1 million. Pic’s grossed more than $200 million worldwide.
“Neal is an important member of the Sony Pictures family and the kind of producer you want in your corner,” said Sony co-chair Amy Pascal.
Moritz began his producing career at Sony with “I Know What You Did Last Summer” in 1997. Since then he has become one of the most prolific producers on the Culver City lot.
Moritz has two Sony titles slotted for next year: “Total Recall” on Aug. 3 and “21 Jump Street” on March 16. He’s in production on Ryan Reynolds-Jason Bateman starrer “The Change Up,” for Universal, as well as U’s “Fast Five,” set to bow April 29.
Original projects in pre-production include U’s “R.I.P.D.,” with Reynolds and Zach Galifianakis, and “Jack the Giant Killer,” from Warner Bros. and New Line.
On the TV side, Moritz serves as executive producer on Showtime’s “The Big C.” He was also exec producer on Fox’s “Prison Break” and produced HBO movie “The Rat Pack” in 1998.