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‘Terminator: Genisys’ Scribes Sign First-Look Deal With Skydance Productions

Writing and producing partners Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier have signed a first-look deal with Skydance Productions.

Described as a “unique first-look plus consulting deal,” the plan is to integrate the talent deeply into the studio across multiple lines of its business in a fashion similar to the workings of the old Hollywood studio system.

The two-year deal will allow Skydance to work with Kalogridis and Lussier as true creative partners. The comprehensive deal includes a first-look option on all theatrical and digital projects developed by the team, along with consultancy on the studios content overall.

“Laeta and Patrick are first-class storytellers and world builders,” said Skydance CEO David Ellison. “The work they have done to help us create the new ‘Terminator’ trilogy is simply phenomenal and is only the beginning of the stories we are going to tell together. I am honored to welcome them into the Skydance family.”

Kalogridis and Lussier most recently penned the script to “Terminator: Genisys”; Skydance was so happy with their work that they brought the duo on to consult on the latest installment in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, which will bow this Christmas.

“We jumped at the chance to continue our relationship with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg [Skydance’s chief creative officer] and the Skydance team,” said Kalogridis and Lussier. “The creative partnership we all share is reinforced and strengthened in each project we collaborate on together. Being part of the ‘Terminator’ franchise for Skydance, a world we have been in love with since seeing James Cameron’s original ‘Terminator’ films, has been more than an honor. We are thrilled that David and Dana have invited us to continue being part of the Skydance family.”

Kalogridis and Lussier are repped by WME.

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