Kroll, who exited her post as president of worldwide marketing and distribution in January, on Wednesday unveiled her slate, which includes the sci-fi thriller “Nemesis,” with producers Ridley Scott and Jules Daly; the YA drama “The Selection” with producers Denise Di Novi and Pouya Shahbazian; an untitled comedy starring Sandra Bullock, who will also produce with Michael Bostick; and the action-thriller “The Six Billion Dollar Man,” which will soon go into production starring Mark Wahlberg.
Warner Bros. bought the rights to “The Six Billion Dollar Man” from the Weinstein Company, which recently filed for bankruptcy. Wahlberg is also producing alongside Stephen Levinson, Bill Gerber, Scott Faye, and Karen Lauder.
“My passion for film and television and for telling great stories is not only the cornerstone of my wonderful career, but has also been a huge part of my life since I was a young girl enthralled by the moving image,” Kroll said. “I am excited to be collaborating in this new capacity with amazing, visionary filmmakers, many of whom I have known and worked with, and to also champion new and unique voices. This is just the beginning and I am thrilled about our slate of films and our incredible filmmaking partners.”
Kroll is also attached as an executive producer to a number of movies currently scheduled for release through the studio, including “A Star Is Born,” directed, produced, and co-written by Bradley Cooper, who also stars in the film opposite Lady Gaga. The remake is slated for release on Oct. 5. She’s also an exec producer on Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” and “The Goldfinch.”
In the announcement, Steven Spielberg credited Kroll with crafting the early stages of the marketing campaign for “Ready Player One,” which debuted last weekend with $181 million worldwide.
“Over the years, I have seen Sue in action as one of the most inspired marketing minds in the industry, most recently on the campaign for ‘Ready Player One,’” he said. “I trust her instincts, appreciate her unflagging devotion to her work, and admire her knowledge of film. I am looking forward to collaborating with her in her new capacity as a producer in the very near future.”
Cooper said, “I have been fortunate to know and work with Sue Kroll for more than 10 years, and have appreciated her friendship as well as her counsel. She has a personal investment in everything she does, and I have no doubt, she will bring that same level of care, commitment and creativity to producing. Simply put, Sue is the gold standard.”