Slate of Development Projects Announced
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – March 26, 2021 – MRC Film has tapped producer Elizabeth Cantillon to lead a new label within the division focused on movies in the romance genre. Cantillon reports to MRC Film Co-Presidents Brye Adler and Jonathan Golfman. The yet-unnamed label focuses on the romance genre with a wide berth of stories that are inclusive and expansive, traditional and modern, original and literature based, and real-life stories that serve all audiences.
The new label operates under MRC Film with an independent development budget to shepherd projects at various stages of development and production. It has complete distribution flexibility and the ability to work in collaboration with other producers.
“There’s a great opportunity to breathe new life into this genre and support these kinds of stories; and with Elizabeth’s infectious passion and enthusiasm, we could think of no better partner with whom to build this new label,” said Adler and Golfman.
“Every person has a love story; and it’s wonderful to explore this theme in all its beauty, complexity and humor,” said Cantillon. “I’m proud to build this label with MRC and tell romantic stories that span traditional, progressive and even a few that might subvert and upend the formula."
Cantillon also announced select book adaptation titles from the current development slate:
Cantillon has most recently been running The Cantillon Company at Sony since 2014, where she produced the reboot of “Charlie’s Angels” with Elizabeth Banks and will make the upcoming film adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s bestseller, “The Nightingale,” to be directed by Melanie Laurent and star Dakota and Elle Fanning. Cantillon was an executive at Sony Pictures, where she oversaw Academy® Award winning and auteur-driven films like David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips,” Ryan Murphy’s “Eat, Pray, Love,” as well as the James Bond franchise.
MRC Film has long been a champion of singular filmmakers with properties including Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out,” Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver,” and Seth McFarlane’s “Ted” among others; and investments in companies including Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman’s T-Street and A-Major Media, led by Mary Lee. MRC Film recently announced a yet-to-be-named label focused on female-driven comedies led by producer Becky Sloviter.
About MRC Film
MRC Film is a leading independent studio, which sources, finances, develops, and produces films in partnership with the industry’s foremost creative artists. To date, the studio’s films have grossed more than $5.1 billion in worldwide box office and its projects have been nominated for 12 Academy Awards®, 11 Golden Globe® Awards, and 2 GRAMMY Awards®. The studio’s films include the comedy “The Lovebirds,” directed by Michael Showalter, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, currently streaming globally on Netflix; and the recent Oscar® and Golden Globe nominated “Knives Out,” written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Ram Bergman and Rian Johnson, starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell and Christopher Plummer. Past titles include “Baby Driver,” “Ted,” “The Adjustment Bureau,” “Elysium,” and “Babel” among others. MRC Film has selectively co-financed major studio films including the upcoming “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” and “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway,” and past films including “Furious 7,” “22 Jump Street,” ”Think Like a Man Too,” “Peter Rabbit,” “Hotel Transylvania 2” and “Hotel Transylvania 3.” For more information, visit www.mrcentertainment.com.