New Line founder Robert Shaye has been fairly silent since New Line merged with Warner Bros. in 2008, and he walked away with his partner Michael Lynne. In fact, he directed his third film, a thriller called Ambition, and he just set-up the spec project NIGHTLIGHT at Sony’s Columbia Pictures.
MacIntyre’s horror-comedy Tragedy Girls, starring Brianna Hildebrand, Craig Robinson, Josh Hutcherson, and Alexandra Shipp premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival where it received mainly positive reviews.
Sony picked up Nightlight with plans for Shaye to produce with Vince Gatewood and Michael Lynne through their Unique Pictures banner. Sara Rastogi will be overseeing the project for Sony.
Shaye created quite a legacy for himself when he created New Line Cinema in 1967, building it up to be one of the most successful indie film companies with hits like the horror franchise based around Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Rush Hour and Austin Power movies, as well as Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy. Shaye also helped start the wave of Nicholas Sparks hits with 2004’s The Notebook.
Shaye produced last year’s Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks, which grossed just under $30 million, and he’s currently finishing up the indie thriller, Ambition, his first film as a director since 2007’s The Last Mimzy.
The Hollywood Reporter initially broke this story.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor