Magazine article Screen International

Universal Signs Two-Year Deal with Paul Walker's Laguna Ridge

Magazine article Screen International

Universal Signs Two-Year Deal with Paul Walker's Laguna Ridge

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The first project to go under the production arrangement is the action thriller Skyscraper based on an original idea by Mike Sobel.

Walker, who helped Universal to great success with the 2011 global smash Fast Five, will produce and star in the film alongside Neil Moritz's Original Films.

"I've had a long and successful relationship with Universal so it's the obvious and ideal home for Laguna Ridge Pictures," Walker said. "I'm excited to expand my relationship with them and with Neil, who has been a catalyst and a guide throughout my career. Having the support of Jim Berkus, Theresa Peters and Chris Hart at UTA, along with my manager Matt Luber and my producing partner Brandon Birtell, now is the time to take this next step."

"It is impossible that the Fast And Furious franchise would have become the phenomenon that it has without Paul's imprint on the series," Universal chairman Adam Fogelson and co-chairman Donna Langley said in a joint statement. …

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