This marks a new era for DiCaprio’s shingle, which previously had a first-look deal with Warner Bros. that went all the way back to 2005. Appian Way currently has a multi-year, first-look deal with Netflix to produce non-fiction films and docu-series, under which DiCaprio is set to produce or executive produce any projects generated under the partnership. The deal with Paramount will be focused on feature film projects.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brad [Grey] and the team at Paramount Pictures on numerous projects throughout my career. I cannot think of a better home for Appian Way as we continue our growth,” DiCaprio said in a statement.
The Revenant actor currently has four projects in the works at the studio: Sandcastle Empire, based on Kayla Olson’s novel, a Charles Lindberg biography based on A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, a film based on the recent Volkswagen emissions scandal, and Devil in the White City with frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese – who renewed his own first-look deal with the studio in October of 2015.
“Leo is one of the great talents of our time,” said Grey. “He is a masterful actor, storyteller and producer, with impeccable taste and skill that has shaped his extraordinary career. Our first project together was ‘The Departed,’ before I came to Paramount. Since then, working with the legendary Martin Scorsese, we have partnered on two wonderful pictures, ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ We are both proud and excited to grow our relationships with him, Rick Yorn, Jennifer Davisson and the entire team at Appian Way.”
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor