Veteran Hollywood producers Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck have signed a two-year, first-look deal with DreamWorks Pictures. Richard Zanuck has already produced Deep Impact for the studio in 1998 with his longterm producing partner David Brown and he is teaming with Dean Zanuck to produce Road To Perdition, an upcoming DreamWorks production to be directed by Sam Mendes and star Tom Hanks.
The Zanucks are also developing The Ninth Man at DreamWorks; Harrison Zanuck is head of development at the company.
The announcement was made yesterday by co-heads of DreamWorks Pictures Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Zanuck has enjoyed a longtime relationship with DreamWorks partner Steven Spielberg and, with Brown, produced Spielberg's breakthrough hit Jaws in 1975.
Richard and Lili Zanuck's producing credits together include Driving Miss Daisy for which they won an Academy Award in 1989 as well as Cocoon, Mulholland Falls and True Crime.