Warner Bros will handle worldwide distribution on Robert Rodriguez' family film Shorts as well as domestic distribution on Richard Kelly's thriller The Box starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella and the Ricky Gervais comedy This Side Of The Truth.
Warner Bros has partnered with Ted Field's Radar Pictures to co-finance The Box, about a mysterious vessel that brings instant wealth at a high price. Filming is underway and the Weinstein Company is handling international sales.
Warner Bros will also co-finance Shorts with the as yet unnamed production company it formed with the Abu Dhabi Media Company and Hunt Lowry. Shorts centres on a gang of children who discover a strange object that sets off a series of mythical adventures.
This Side Of The Truth was co-written by and will star Gervais as a man who tells the first lie in a world where falsehoods do not exist. Flming is scheduled to begin in North America in spring 2008 and MRC is in talks with international distributors.
'Artists are always our partners and co-owners on the films,' MRC CEO Modi Wiczyk said. 'We greenlight them and look to find the right distributor to cut and build the release plan. What struck [me and co-CEO Asif Satchu] about Warner Bros was their unusual level of thoughtfulness and passion and their clear vision on release strategy.'
'These films represent a diverse entertainment package that will complement our roster with three solid genre pictures - a sci-fi thriller, a family adventure and a comedy,' Warner Bros president and COO Alan Horn said. 'More importantly though, each of these projects has a film-maker with whom we are excited to be in business.'
Attorneys P J Shapiro & Sam Fischer of Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie & Stiffelman negotiated the deal on behalf of MRC.
MRC's 2008 slate includes Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho to star Anthony Hopkins, Walter Salles' drama Linha De Passe, Bennett Miller's Capote follow-up Foxcatcher about the convicted murderer and heir John E du Pont, Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy Bruno - for which Universal reportedly paid more than $40m for English-speaking rights - and a new, under-wraps project that Todd Field will write and direct.