Australia's Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment (VRPE) and Warner Bros have expanded their two year-old co-financing and co-production agreement which called for 20 pictures between 1998 and 2002, by adding 20 more films over the next five years (2000-2005).

The deal extension means that VRPE will have invested more than $1 billion into 40 films by 2005.

Warner Bros will continue to handle distribution of the films worldwide apart from those territories in which Roadshow has its own distribution operations, namely Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Greece.

Since VRPE partnered with Warner Bros in Dec 1997, the company has enjoyed a run of hits starting with Practical Magic (worldwide gross: $81m), Analyze This! (worldwide gross: $176.8m), The Matrix (worldwide gross: $456.4m), Deep Blue Sea (worldwide gross: $160.6m) and Three Kings (worldwide gross to date: $65m).

The expansion of the deal was announced by Graham Burke, managing director of Village Roadshow Ltd and Bruce Berman, chairman and CEO of VRPE together with Barry M Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros and Alan Horn, its president and COO.

Under the terms of the deal with Warner Bros, the two companies finance production of the films equally. Warner Bros distributes the movie worldwide with the exception of the Village Roadshow territories. After marketing expenses are deducted and Warner has taken a (reduced) distribution fee, the two companies split what revenues remain.


  • Practical Magic
  • Analyze This!
  • The Matrix
  • Deep Blue Sea
  • Three Kings
  • Three To Tango

  • Gossip: Davis Guggenheim directs this story about college students spreading dangerous rumours. With Joshua Jackson, Lena Headey, Kate Hudson, Norman Reedus, Edward James Olmos.
  • Space Cowboys: Epic sci-fi movie from director Clint Eastwood has Eastwood and Tommy Lee Jones as aging pilots given one last chance to go into space.
  • Red Planet: Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) star in one of two Mars mission movies due for release this year in the US. Warner has pushed back Red Planet's release date to Nov 10.

  • Ocean's Eleven: A remake of the classic Rat Pack picture starring George Clooney and directed by Steven Soderbergh.
  • The Matrix 2 & 3: The two sequels to The Matrix will again star Keanu Reeves and be directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski.
  • Miss Congeniality: VRP is partnering with Castle Rock Entertainment on this comedy thriller starring Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent going undercover in the Miss New Jersey beauty pageant.
  • Pluto Nash: Another partnership with Castle Rock, this time on the long-gestating sci-fi comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry.
  • Queen Of The Damned: An adaptation of Anne Rice's vampire bestseller which will be directed by Australia's Michael Rymer (Miramax's In Too Deep, Angel Baby).