Warner Bros. Pictures has extended its first-look deal with writer/director/producer Todd Phillips' Green Hat Films through the end of 2013. The announcement was made today by Jeffrey Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Office of the President.
"Todd's been a cherished member of the Warner family for a long time, and the comedic genius he's brought to the big screen has made for an extraordinarily successful partnership," said Robinov. "We're excited to extend our relationship and eagerly anticipate more great movies from Todd and Green Hat."
"I'm really excited to renew my partnership with Jeffrey Robinov and everyone at Warner Bros.," said Phillips. "I am so grateful that they will continue to provide me with a platform to satisfy my endless hunger for revenge and schadenfreude...you know who you are."
As part of the announcement, Green Hat also unveiled its current development slate, which includes Mule, based on the acclaimed novel by Tony D'Souza about a young couple who turn to drug trafficking to make it through the recession. Phillips will produce with Green Hat's Scott Budnick and Hunting Lane Films; Arms and the Dudes, based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson that follows two stoners from Miami Beach who become big-time arms dealers, until the Pentagon turned on them. Phillips and Budnick are producing with Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff; The Island with story by Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas, and a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel (Due Date). Phillips will produce with Budnick executive producing; and Million Dollar Strong based on the YouTube and FunnyOrDie sensation "What's It Gonna Be" by Mike O'Connell and Ken Jeong. Phillips will produce with Budnick and Management 360 executive producing. Mike O'Connell and Peter Kline (The Living Wake) are writing the screenplay.
Phillips, whose first three films under the initial deal have generated more than $1.2 billion at the global box-office, produced the upcoming Warner Bros.' film Project X, a comedy about three high school seniors who try to make a name for themselves by throwing an epic party that quickly spirals out-of-control. The movie, which Green Hat produced with Joel Silver and his Warner-based Silver Pictures, opens in theaters March 2, 2012.
Phillips' first project under his deal at Warner Bros. was 2009's smash hit The Hangover, which went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy both domestically and internationally. The film retained those box office records until its sequel, The Hangover Part II, quickly surpassed the original to become the biggest R-rated comedy ever, earning a staggering $581 million worldwide.
Phillips also wrote, directed, and produced the 2010 Warner Bros. comedy Due Date, which paired Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis as unlikely travel companions forced to trek across the country together. Additional credits include Old School, Starsky & Hutch, and Road Trip.