UNIVERSAL CITY, CAÂ â€” Universal Pictures and Amblin Partners, a new company announced today by DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One (eOne), will enter into a multi-year partnership in which Universal will market and distribute films produced by Amblin Partners domestically and in select international territories.Â Todayâ€™s announcement was made by Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Jeff Shell; Chairman, Universal Pictures, Donna Langley; Amblin Partners Founder, Steven Spielberg; and Participant Media Chairman, Jeff Skoll.
â€œWe couldnâ€™t be more pleased to be back in business with Steven,â€ commented Shell and Langley. â€œHis iconic films have stood the test of time and are embraced by audiences around the world.Â We look forward to working with Steven and Amblin Partners as we build on 2015â€™s record-breaking year.â€
Under terms of the agreement, Universal Pictures and Focus Features will handle distribution and marketing for approximately four to seven Amblin Partners films each year.Â The first title,Â The Girl on the Train, will be released in October 2016.
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Edgar Ramirez and Allison Janney star inÂ DreamWorks Picturesâ€™Â THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, from director Tate Taylor (The Help,Â Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies,Â Into the Woods).Â In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
Based on Paula Hawkinsâ€™ bestselling novel, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson and Taylor.
â€œThe same magnet that pulled me to Universal when I first wanted to make movies is bringing me home again to this new exciting relationship,â€ said Spielberg. â€œIt is my hope that we can make some more beautiful music together.â€
Added NBCUniversal Vice Chairman, Ron Meyer: â€œUniversal is and has always been Stevenâ€™s home. 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.â€
â€œHaving a strategic distribution partner with the pedigree and depth of Universal allows our new venture to be poised for success right out of the gate,â€ said Skoll.