WarnerMedia Expands Relationship with Steven Soderbergh With 3-Year Overall Deal for HBO Max and HBO

Deal Builds Upon Previously Announced HBO Max Original Soderbergh Film ‘Let Them All Talk’

Announced today from the stage at the WarnerMedia Television Critics Association (TCA) Day, legendary filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has signed a three-year deal to develop content for both HBO Max and HBO, which shall be exclusive in all forms of television and a first-look for features. Soderbergh’s first project with HBO Max is the previously announced feature Let Them All Talk starring Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest, Lucas Hedges, and Gemma Chan, which tells the story of a celebrated author who takes a journey with some old friends to have some fun and heal old wounds. The film will launch on HBO Max in 2020. Soderbergh has been making films with Warner Bros. Pictures since 2001 and remains a long-time collaborator with HBO.

“This arrangement grew out of talks Michael Sugar and I were having with Sarah Aubrey during the negotiations for Let Them All Talk, and there were four things tractor-beaming me toward this deal: One, I have a history with both HBO and Warner Bros.; two, my definition of a good product, a good process, and a good working culture is shared by the WarnerMedia family; three, the wide range of potential outlets aligns with my range of interests, and four: I get to witness and participate in the building of something new at a very large scale. Oh, and there is a financial aspect, so that’s probably five,” said Steven Soderbergh.

“Steven is a groundbreaking filmmaker who not only tells unique, irresistible stories, but is also a master of so many genres,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “In many ways, he is the anti-algorithm constantly surprising, never predictable and his career is living proof that one gifted filmmaker can impact our culture again and again. I can’t wait for the projects that we’re working on together to premiere on HBO Max.”

From Behind the Candelabra, to The Knick and Mosaic, we know first-hand that Steven Soderbergh’s creative genius knows no bounds,” said Casey Bloys, President, HBO Programming.  “An indefatigable innovator, we couldn’t be more excited to continue our relationship with Steven and provide a home for his future projects.”

The deal was brokered by Michael Sugar of Sugar 23 and Jamie Feldman of LGNAFC (Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler, Feldman & Clark).

Shia LaBeouf’s Semi-Biographical Movie ‘Honey Boy’ Purchased by Amazon Studios

The movie studio and distribution division of the heavy hitting e-commerce website Amazon has dropped around $5 million at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for the global distribution rights of Shia LaBeouf’s semi-biographical movie “Honey Boy”. The movie was penned by LaBeouf while he was going through rehabilitation for substance abuse. The story is about a young child actor growing up in a turbulent private life in Los Angeles while aiming towards launching a strong acting career in movies and television.

When the movie premiered at the film festival it was positively received from the audience with a standing ovation. There was a steady amount of anticipation for this movie ever since the news of LaBeouf’s script was made public, followed by the fact he would be portraying the role of the father (rumored to be based upon his real life dad). The movie is directed by Alma Har’el, and features Lucas Hedges, FKA Twigs, Maika Monroe, Natasha Lyonne, Martin Starr, Byron Bowers, Laura San Giacomo, and Clifton Collins Jr. in various acting roles.

This transaction marks the fourth title in a line of purchases Amazon has garnered the distribution rights for movies that were played at the Sundance Film Festival. The previous deals the company had picked up are for domestic distribution only within the United States, which includes the following titles: Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night” ($13 million), “The Report” ($14 million), and “Brittany Runs a Marathon” ($14 million).

Source: Variety and YouTube.