LOS ANGELES, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Halcyon Company announced today
the acquisition of all the Terminator franchise rights. These rights
include the right to produce any future Terminator films, as well as all
future merchandising and licensing rights, certain future revenues derived
from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, as well as certain rights in the
television project The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the sole right to
produce all future Terminator projects in any new or existing media.
The Halcyon Company is a recently formed, privately financed, film
development, production and financing company, headed by co-CEOs Derek
Anderson and Victor Kubicek. "The Terminator franchise represents by far
the most popular and successful franchise not owned by a major studio,"
said Mr. Kubicek. "While we have several other projects in the works, we
see this global franchise as a cornerstone of Halcyon's future business
Terminator 4 will be based on a script by John Brancato and Michael
Ferris and is envisioned to be the first film in a new Terminator trilogy.
Halcyon plans to immediately begin pre-production on the new film. While as
yet no distribution agreement has been set, Halcyon anticipates that T4
will be ready for release in the first half of 2009, if not earlier.
Moritz Borman, the Executive Producer of Terminator 3: Rise of the
Machines as well as the then-CEO of Intermedia Films (the co-production
financial partner for T3), is slated to produce the new Terminator 4 film
as well as being an integral member of the branding and licensing team.
Kubicek and Anderson will co-produce.
Moritz Borman stated, "With T3, we included many incidental details and
plot points that, along with the main narrative, set the stage for an
entirely new set of inter-related stories covering the future adventures of
John Connor and the Terminators. This new Terminator trilogy will build
upon the already huge worldwide Terminator fan base, which was both
revitalized and expanded with the global success of T3."
Anderson said, "We also plan to maximize the potential of the
Terminator franchise by entering into strategic relationships with world
class merchandising and licensing partners. By quickly pursuing and
finalizing these new opportunities, we are confident that all of these
ventures can be completed in time to fully maximize their value by
coinciding with the first of the new Terminator's release."
Anderson continued, "In addition to Moritz Borman, Peter D. Graves, who
will be an Executive Producer on the film, was an integral part of the
acquisition team. He will also continue to provide executive consulting
services to The Halcyon Company as well as spearhead all aspects of the
Terminator marketing program. Alan Schwartz, Randy Paul and Vincent Chieffo
of Greenberg Traurig represented Halcyon in the transaction and were
critical to its successful completion. Alan Schwartz and the Greenberg
Traurig firm will continue to provide ongoing legal counsel to The Halcyon
The most recent film of the multi-billion dollar Terminator franchise,
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, was released domestically by Warner
Bros. Pictures and internationally (excluding Japan and Korea) by Sony
Pictures. This film generated over $450 million in worldwide box office,
breaking numerous box office records around the world. The film went on to
even greater success in its ancillary markets worldwide.
The Halcyon Company is a recently established, privately funded,
independent film development, production and financing company founded by
Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson. Anderson and Kubicek plan to produce a
portion of Halcyon's future output with the balance of the company's
pipeline, expected to be produced in conjunction with other established
producers and production entities in the industry.
Kubicek and Anderson both come from financial and creative backgrounds.
Prior to co-founding Halcyon, Anderson was the founder and creative
director of In the Mix, a boutique marketing and advertising agency, which
was sold in 2000. Kubicek began his career in finance as a member of The
American Stock Exchange and produced The Halcyon Company's first feature
film Cook-Off!, which recently won an HBO Aspen Comedy Festival award.
Moritz Borman has produced more than twenty films, most recently
including Oliver Stone's World Trade Center and Alexander. Until 2005 he
was Chairman and CEO of Intermedia Films, which he took public in 2000.
Peter D. Graves is one of the top industry marketing consultants.
Formerly President of Marketing for PolyGram Films, Graves has been
directly responsible for, or consulted on, the marketing and release of
over 200 titles including Terminator 3; The Perfect Storm; Braveheart;
Fargo; The Score; Elizabeth; The Game; Dead Man Walking; The Usual
Suspects; and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
SOURCE Saylor Company on behalf of The Halcyon Company