Spyglass has a first-look, non-exclusive production
agreement with Columbia Pictures and holds all international rights to both
pictures. Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) will
distribute in select markets for Spyglass. Both films are scheduled for release
in 2005, reports Screen Daily.
In a joint statement Spyglass co-chairmen and co-chief
executive officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum (pictured)said: “We are excited to kick
off our partnership with Sony with these two spectacular titles.”
Based on Arthur Golden's best-selling novel, Memoirs Of A
Geisha tells the story of an 18-year-old Japanese girl who must learn how
to be a geisha girl so that she can survive.
Director of multi-Oscar winner Chicago, Rob Marshall,
will find himself in the director’s chair for the first time since his 2002
success, while Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce through their Red Wagon
label with Steven Spielberg.
Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones will be re-united
in The Legend of Zorro the follow-up to the successful 1998 hit The
Mask of Zorro.
Martin Campbell will again direct and Walter Parkes and
Laurie MacDonald will resume their executive producer roles.
“Memoirs Of A Geisha and The Legend Of Zorro
are projects with tremendous foreign appeal and we believe these properties
will deliver extraordinary entertainment value to audiences worldwide,” Sony
Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Amy Pascal said in a
Pascal added that the first-look deal provides Spyglass the
opportunity to co-finance high profile projects with the studio.
Other Spyglass productions include Bruce Almighty,
Seabiscuit, The Sixth Sense and The Insider.