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Polanski is just one of his "besties"; the two hang out together in Paris, and Ratner will release Polanski's 1972 documentary about race-car driver Jackie Stewart, , with a Nov.
It's not just the first time in recent years that Warners has agreed to take a financial partner across its complete body of work; it's also the first time a director has been involved in any such undertaking. Closes 0 Million Financing Deal With Dune, Brett Ratner's Rat Pac "Filmmakers have raised money for a movie before," notes Ratner, "but not for a slate of an entire studio's movies.
[pagebreak] The Warners deal got underway in April, when Steven Mnuchin, chairman of Dune Capital, a private investment firm based in Los Angeles, heard that the studio was looking for an outside investor.
After meetings with Warners, he was introduced to Australian billionaire Packer at a dinner for Beatty hosted by producer-financier Arnon Milchan.
It largely will make up for funding that dried up when Legendary Entertainment left for Universal.
Unlike Legendary and another long-term Warners-based financier, Village Roadshow Pictures, Rat Pac-Dune will have no ability to cherry-pick projects; instead, this is a "blind" investment across Warners' entire slate.
After that, he'll head home to Beverly Hills before moving on to Shanghai, where he'll take meetings with his Rat Pac Entertainment partner, billionaire James Packer ("We're gonna explore what we're gonna explore"). His leg twitches a mile a minute, and his nails are bitten to the quick.