Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallée and his longtime producing partner Nathan Ross have formed Crazyrose to develop, finance and produce original content.
Big Little Lies, which marked the first TV foray for the pair, took home a total of eight Emmys, including best director for Vallée, and four Golden Globes. Their films include the Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club, which included Academy Award wins for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, as well as Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, both of whom were Oscar nominated. Up next for the team is the HBO series Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams and based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl). The project is in post-production and is set to debut this summer.
Crazyrose will partner to make film, TV and documentaries with Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom. The deal will cover projects that Vallée will direct, as well as those he won’t. Bloom was recently acquired by Endeavor Content.
Vallée and Ross said: “During the production of Big Little Lies last spring, Graham Taylor presented us with an offer we couldn’t refuse: the ability to take command and control of our creative destiny in terms of decision making, content ownership and the economics of filmmaking. After a thoughtful and thorough search, we are thrilled to now form Crazyrose and be partnered with Bloom. Alex and Ken totally speak our language of ‘artist first’ enhancing our notion that commerce and art can exist effectively and not be compromised. Our hope is to foster character driven stories and something seemingly unique and unprecedented in the marketplace that we and other filmmakers can take advantage of.”
Walton and Kao added: “Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Ross have proven to be a first-class team in high-end feature film and television, we are so delighted that they have chosen Bloom as their strategic partner to help further grow their output. As our first partnership in the next phase of Bloom’s development we could not have hoped for stronger partners.”