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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions is leaving Warner Bros. after a decade to sign a three-year, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.

The company had been with WB since 2004.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brad and the team at Paramount Pictures on numerous projects throughout my career. I cannot think of a better home for Appian Way as we continue our growth,” said DiCaprio in a statement.

Paramount Pictures and Appian Way have four projects currently under development: “The Devil in the White City,” based on the book by Erik Larson, with the screen adaptation by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Billy Ray, which will reunite DiCaprio with Scorsese; “Sandcastle Empire,” a film adaptation of the novel by Kayla Olson that depicts an apocalyptic future with society on the brink of collapse from climate change; a yet untitled film based on a book proposal by New York Times journalist Jack Ewing about the recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal; and a limited television series based on A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Charles Lindbergh.

“Leo is one of the great talents of our time,” said Paramount CEO Brad Grey. “He is a masterful actor, storyteller and producer, with impeccable taste and skill that has shaped his extraordinary career. Our first project together was ‘The Departed,’ before I came to Paramount. Since then, working with the legendary Martin Scorsese, we have partnered on two wonderful pictures, ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ We are both proud and excited to grow our relationships with him, Rick Yorn, Jennifer Davisson and the entire team at Appian Way.”

The company is currently in post-production on “Live by Night” (2017) and in pre-production on “Robin Hood: Origins” (2017).

It recently produced “The Revenant,” which earned DiCaprio the first Oscar of his career; “Wolf of Wall Street”; and “Out of the Furnace.”

 

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