Exec producer of ''Cogan's Trade'' with Brad Pitt has won rights to ''Terminator'' franchise

By Adam B. Vary
Updated May 20, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

If producer Megan Ellison wanted to make a big entrance into the world of film financing, she could scarcely have done better than her surprise winning bid this month for the rights to the Terminator franchise. Even six months ago many in Hollywood had never heard of her. The 25-year-old daughter of Oracle founder and megabillionaire Larry Ellison, she has already exec-produced the crime thriller Cogan’s Trade with Brad Pitt and produced the period drama The Wettest County in the World with Shia LaBeouf. (Both films are likely due later this year.) ”She’s someone who is betting on stories that wouldn’t get made otherwise,” Pitt tells EW. Also in the pipeline: Paul Thomas Anderson‘s untitled next film, Kathryn Bigelow‘s Osama bin Laden thriller, and the possible Terminator return. At this point, Ellison is keeping a low profile and declining interviews. Her ambition, though, seems to speak for itself.

(Additional reporting by Dave Karger)