DreamWorks Studios Signs Steve Zaillian To First Look Producing Deal

April 26, 2010

Los Angeles, CA- DreamWorks Studios has signed Oscar winning writer, director, and producer Steve Zaillian and his company Film Rites to a two-year, first look producing deal, it was announced today by Holly Bario and Mark Sourian, Co-Presidents of Production at the Studio.

"Two of my greatest filmmaking experiences involved close collaborations with Steve Zaillian,” said Steven Spielberg.  “I’m so proud and grateful to have him back with us.”

"Everyone at DreamWorks looks forward to working with Steve and producing great films together," added Stacey Snider, Co-Chair and CEO of DreamWorks Studios.

"It’s been too long since I've had the pleasure of working with Steven,” said Zaillian.  “To be back alongside him and his knowledge and passion and high regard for good storytelling is very exciting to me."

Steve Zaillian and Steven Spielberg previously collaborated on two films – “Schindler’s List,” for which Zaillian won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar and “Amistad.”

Garrett Basch will head development for Film Rites, a writer-driven company that produces original films from both established and emerging talent.  Their slate includes the Summit thriller “The Cold Light of Day” shooting this summer in Spain, and the upcoming fall release of Sony's “Welcome to the Rileys."  Other projects include “Deep Water” with Mike Nichols directing and Joe Penhall writing at Fox 2000, Sacha Gervasi’s “My Dinner with Herve” and Errol Morris & Zach Helm’s “Freezing People is Easy,” both at Mandate.

Zaillian is currently writing and executive producing “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”  His other screenplay credits include “Awakenings,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar, “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” which he also directed, “Mission: Impossible,” “Gangs of New York,” which earned him an Oscar nomination, “American Gangster,” and “All the King’s Men,” which he produced and directed as well.  He is a four- time WGA nominee and won for “Schindler’s List.” He has won the USC Scripter Award three times for “A Civil Action,” “Awakenings,” and “Schindler’s List."  He also won the Humanitas Prize for his “Schindler’s List” screenplay.