Indian Paintbrush Makes First-Look Deal With Jeremy Renner’s The Combine

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 12:02pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Steven Rales’ Indian Paintbrush has made a two-year first-look deal with Jeremy Renner and writer-director Don Handfield, partners in the upstart production company The Combine. The financier/producer has deals with its Moonrise Kingdom helmer Wes Anderson and also with Jason Reitman, who is about to start Labor Day for Indian Paintbrush. This marks its first overall deal with an actor-producer.

The deal comes at a time when Renner is soaring. After successive Oscar nominations for The Hurt Locker and The Town, he starred alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible –Ghost Protocol and played Hawkeye in The Avengers. Renner next stars in The Bourne Legacy, which Universal releases in August. Despite his growing bankability, the focus of the deal is to utilize Renner as producer and not necessarily as an actor. Indian Paintbrush’s Rales and Mark Roybal met with Renner and his partner and were impressed by their strong business plan and creative aspirations. They’ve already fixed on the first project, but were keeping it under wraps for the moment. It is likely their sensibility will be closer to The Hurt Locker than The Avengers.

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Indian Paintbrush Buys Screen Rights To Frankfurt Sensation ‘The Andalucian Friend’

By | Tuesday November 8, 2011 @ 7:07pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Indian Paintbrush has acquired screen rights to The Andalucian Friend, a debut novel by Swedish author Alexander Soderberg that created a huge buzz and sold big at the Frankfurt Book Fair several weeks ago. The novel sold strongly in … Read More »

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Chris Terrio To Write ‘A Murder Foretold’ For Paramount And Indian Paintbrush

By | Thursday October 13, 2011 @ 1:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount and Indian Paintbrush have hired Chris Terrio to write A Murder Foretold, the fact-based drama based on the David Grann  article in the April 4 issue of The New Yorker about a series of high-level murders in … Read More »

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Focus Features Buys Steve Carell Pic ‘Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World’

Mike Fleming

Focus Features acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Lorene Scafaria-directed Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, which is Steve Carell’s first project since leaving The Office. He stars with Keira Knightley and shooting begins this month … Read More »

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Sundance 2011: Does 38 Film Deals Mean That The Indie Biz Is Back?

Mike Fleming

Dealmakers who came into Park City hoping to recapture the acquisitions momentum of last fall’s Toronto Film Festival returned this week with smiles on their faces. And why not? By my count, 38 transactions have been completed on Sundance films … Read More »

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Sundance: ‘Like Crazy’ Closes Deal With Paramount And Indian Paintbrush

Mike Fleming

UPDATE, 8:25 AM: As I tipped you yesterday, Paramount’s Adam Goodman and acquisitions exec Matt Brodie and Indian Paintbrush’s Peter McPartlin closed the deal with the UTA team today around 6 AM for the Super … Read More »

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Steven Rales Staffs Indian Paintbrush

Mike Fleming

Indian Paintbrush, the film financing/production arm of billionaire industrialist Steven Rales, is staffing up. Rales this fall brought in Mark Roybal to run the company, and the longtime president of Scott Rudin Productions has added two creative executives: Overbrook Entertainment executive Jeff Sommerville has signed on to be senior  veep … Read More »

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Wes Anderson Attracts Killer Cast For ‘Moon Rise Kingdom’

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Billionaire Steven Rales Taps Mark Roybal To Ramp Up Indian Paintbrush Film Shingle

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a move that signals billionaire Steven Rales’ intent to step up his output of auteur-driven prestige films, he has hired Mark Roybal to become president of production of his Indian Paintbrush banner. Roybal spent the last … Read More »

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