Carla Hacken Blumhouse First-Look; Sophia Takal Coming Round Once more – .
EXCLUSIVE: Carla Hacken escalates a relationship in Jason Blum’s Blumhouse and has signed her Paper Pictures banner for a two-year contract to produce a first look. Films that Hacken will produce at Blumhouse include Coming Around Again, a romantic drama that Sophia Takal will direct based on a script by Lawrence Michael Levine. The film turns around and focuses on a middle-aged divorced woman who re-establishes a relationship with an old flame while on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. Coming Around Again is Takal’s third film for Blumhouse, for which she most recently directed Black Christmas.
Hackens Paper Pictures will develop film and television projects, and she is advising Jason Blum’s company on expanding into streaming films. The deal runs for two years.
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“Carla has exemplary taste and deep relationships,” said Blumhouse Founder / CEO Blum. “Her calling card for adapting the best of literary material combined with a keen eye for original, character-based stories is one of the reasons she has already sold a number of elevated packages. We look forward to continuing to build a diverse portfolio filled with A-list talent and material. “
“I couldn’t be more excited to continue my relationship with Jason and everyone at Blumhouse,” said Hacken. “The company’s entrepreneurial and creative spirit is contagious and despite the pandemic, this year has been inspiring and very productive. I am thrilled to be working on great projects with incredible people. “
Hacken, the veterinarian producer and former studio manager, has made films that include Hell or High Water. Among the films she produces is The Beast, which . revealed this morning and marks Kurt Sutter’s directorial debut.
She also produces for Blumhouse Adrift, an adaptation of the Koji Suzuki short story appended by Jared Leto, and Darren Aronofsky as director and co-writer. Hacken produces with Leto, Emma Ludbrook and Blum.
She is also producing an adaptation of the Stephen King short story Mr. Harrigan’s Telephone, which John Lee Hancock wrote and directed. Hacken produces for Netflix with Blum and Ryan Murphy.
Hacken was most recently President of Production at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, where the films included Hell or High Water, Brad’s Status, Demolition and Sleeping With Other People. She previously worked for Fox 2000 for 15 years, working on films such as Walk the Line, The Devil Wears Prada, Unfaithful and many others. She joined the studio after spending a decade as an ICM agent.
Takal is repeated in CAA, Brillstein and Gang, Tire; Levine is the Gersh, Brillstein, and Marks Law Group.