Universal Pictures announced Wednesday that it has engaged in a multi-year film deal with Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios, the newly formed Amblin Partners, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, and Entertainment One to distribute their features.
“The same magnet that pulled me to Universal when I first wanted to make movies is bringing me home again to this new exciting relationship,” said Spielberg in a statement. “It is my hope that we can make some more beautiful music together.”
Also of news in the announcement is the first piece of “beautiful music” of this partnership: The Girl on the Train, is set for an October 2016 release. The adaptation of the New York Times bestseller will feature Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, and more. Under terms of the partnership, Universal and Focus Features will handle distribution and marketing for approximately four to seven Amblin Partners films each year.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to be back in business with Steven,” Universal executives Jeff Shell and Donna Langley added with a statement. “His iconic films have stood the test of time and are embraced by audiences around the world. We look forward to working with Steven and Amblin Partners as we build on 2015’s record-breaking year.”
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Even with the imminent Star Wars financial reign, Universal owned 2015. By August, the studio had already recorded the highest-grossing box office year ever, raking in $5.53 billion.
“Universal is and has always been Steven’s home,” NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer said in a statement. “The longevity of my personal and professional relationship makes this especially rewarding and we are proud to continue our association with Steven and the quality films he produces.”