The new deal becomes a first-look arrangement rather than the exclusive deal shared by the parties since 1999.

The companies have produced films that have grossed more than $4.25bn dollars at the worldwide box office on collaborations such as Notting Hill, Mr Bean’s Holiday and the Bridget Jones franchise.

Upcoming releases include Les Miserables and Rush. Working Title’s Anna Karenina directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley will go out through Focus Features domestically and UPI internationally in the autumn.