eOne and David Lancaster’s new Rumble Films have signed an exclusive multi-year first-look deal.
Under the terms of the deal, eOne will get first look at financing and distributing all Rumble films.
Lancaster will also consult on eOne’s productions handled through its global film production arm under president of film production Xavier Marchand and svp Benedict Carver, who will oversee the relationship with Rumble from eOne’s Los Angeles office.
“We wanted to sign this deal before David’s doors even opened and we are thrilled to be in business with Rumble,” said Marchand. “It’s incredibly rewarding to extend our partnership with David as he launches his new venture and attach the industry’s most experienced independent producers to our network to finance projects in new and resourceful ways that add great films to our pipeline worldwide.”
Lancaster’s producing credits include Whiplash, the double Sundance winner that has been touted as an awards season contender, as well as Nightcrawler. Both films play in Toronto.
His roster includes Drive and upcoming thriller The Coup.
“I have worked closely with Xavier and the eOne distribution team on a number of films I have produced previously, and was extremely excited about the opportunity to leverage the tremendous footprint the company has built in their worldwide territories,” said Lancaster. “With Benedict in LA, we intend to begin a robust push to bring high quality, filmmaker driven, independent films to the marketplace.”
Lancaster will oversee production on behalf of eOne on Eye In The Sky, working closely with original producers Colin Firth and Ged Doherty from Raindog Films.
The film stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi. Gavin Hood directs the drone thriller that starts shooting next month in Cape Town, South Africa.
Rumble’s team includes COO/CFO Jon Shiffman, formerly of Comerica Bank and Media Rights Capital, as well as former director of development at Bold, Stephanie Wilcox, who holds the role of vp of development and production.