Bill Block Signs First-Look Deal With Warner Bros., Developing Sam Raimi Film

Veteran independent financier-producer Bill Block has found a home at Warner Bros. and is developing Sam Raimi’s “World War 3.”

His Billblock Media has closed a first-look production deal with the studio, which will handle global distribution for all titles.

The first film in development under the two-year deal is Sam Raimi’s near-future feature “World War 3,” based on predictions in George Friedman’s nonfiction best-selling book “The Next 100 Years.”

Billblock Media optioned the book and is actively developing the adaptation. As part of the production deal, Block has closed a multimillion-dollar private development fund to acquire and develop projects with global distribution potential for packaging.

Block recently closed a multiyear agreement with Red Granite International to act as the exclusive international sales agent for the company’s upcoming production slate outside of the Warner Bros. deal.

Block’s recent production titles include “Dirty Grandpa,” starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, and “Bad Moms,” produced for STX and starring Mila Kunis and Christina Applegate.

Block also produced David Ayer’s “Fury,” starring Brad Pitt; Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9” and “Elysium”; Oliver Stone’s “W.”; and “Fading Gigolo,” starring Woody Allen and John Turturro.

“Warner Bros is an extraordinary studio, and we are grateful and thrilled to be in business with Greg and his creative team as we develop movies with worldwide box office potential. Starting with a film by Sam Raimi kicks off what we hope will be a long and fruitful relationship,” said Block.

Block ran QED for a decade. He formed Billblock Media last year.

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