Producer Matt Tolmach, who has two projects working at MGM, including the horror film “Dark Harvest”, slated for a September 23 release, said Mr. De Luca’s passion for the film Good stories are contagious. “He read the script and called me, and we had an hour-long conversation about the possibility and how great it would be and how we could push the boundaries.” he talked about “Dark Harvest”. “That’s what he does. He makes your movie better.”
As Mr. De Luca sees it, the new MGM is about “treating filmmakers like a franchise,” he said. When he and Abdy first joined forces, the duo made a list of 36 directors they hoped would appeal to the studio. In 15 months, they collected 20% of that, including Darren Aronofsky, Sarah Polley, Melina Matsoukas and George Miller.
“We don’t mind getting into the big hands and gambling because I think it’s about winning big or going home,” he added. “I think the audience will reward you if you’re really original, creative, daring and creative.”
During a shareholder meeting last month, Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chairman of Amazon, called the reasoning behind the acquisition “very simple.” He said MGM has a “broad, deep catalog of much-loved movies and shows”. “We can re-imagine and redevelop that IP for the 21st century.”
That contrasts with the dominant approach of Mr. De Luca and Ms. Abdy.
“Mike and I didn’t sit down and say let’s raid the library and redo everything,” Ms Abdy said. “Our focus is on original ideas with original authorship and real filmmakers, but you know that every once in a while there’s something interesting and we’ll go after it if we think about it. it makes sense.”
Those ideas include a live action/animated remake of “Pink Panther”; Michael B. Jordan directed the third installment of the “Rocky” series “Creed”; and “Learies Blonde 3” with Reese Witherspoon and a screenplay co-written by Mindy Kaling.