After more than a decade of residing on the Sony
lot, Overbrook Entertainment
principals Will Smith
and James Lassister have chosen not to re-up their deal with the studio, insiders tell Variety.
The deal recently ended, and while there were rumors of Overbrook possibly moving its deal to Netflix
, given the recent success of “Bright,” sources say Overbrook plans to stay independent. The company remains partnered with Sony on several projects in development including “Harlem Hellfighters” and “Bad Boys For Life
,” while also working on “Uptown Saturday Night
” at Warner Bros.
and “The City That Sailed” at Fox
. Overbrook is also a producer on the YouTube
Red “Karate Kid” series “Cobra Kai
,” which is also a Sony project.
Overbrook and Sony’s relationship goes back nearly 20 years and has led to a slew of hits that have included “Hitch
,” “The Pursuit of Happyness
,” “Hancock” and “The Karate Kid
.” As of late Overbrook’s projects have underwhelmed with “Concussion