Mumbai: Reliance Big Entertainment plans to produce Hollywood films starring some of the big names like Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt, even as the media and entertainment company has lined up 69 films in nine languages for production over the next two years.
The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group firm, which acquired 200 theatres in the US, will now co-produce Hollywood films, a territory which until now was the preserve of UTV.
For the Hollywood joint production, Reliance Big Entertainment will team up with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Productions, Jim Carrey's JC 23 Entertainment, George Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, Chris Columbus's 1492 Pictures, Tom Hanks's Playtone Productions, Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment and Jay Roach's Everyman Pictures.
The company has finalised the production and distribution of 69 films in nine languages over the next two years.
Reliance Big Entertainment proposes to produce the films in collaboration with leading production houses and Reliance's own in-house films unit.
The company has struck a deal with Vidhu Vinod Chopra for producing two films, including a mainstream English language film `Broken Horses'. It has also entered into a deal with Excel Entertainment promoted by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani to produce six films, including Shah Rukh Khan starrer `Don II'.
There is also a deal with director Shyam Benegal to produce two films, a deal with Madhur Bhandarkar for production of four films, a deal with Vivek Agnihotri for production of three films and with Sudhir Mishra for production of two films, Amit Khanna, chairman of Reliance Big Entertainment, said in a statement.
Reliance ADA Group has 106 operating cinema screens at present and it is expected to go up to 400 by the end of next year.
The group has also expanded its film exhibition presence across India, Malaysia and Mauritius.
Some of the films like `Rock On', `Sarkar Raj', `Love Story 2050', `Pathshala', Tamil film `Yaavaram Nallam', `Hulla', `Summer 2007', Punjabi film `Mera Pind', `Shabri' are in post production stage while films like `Luck by Chance', `Daddy Cool', `Singh is King', `Sultan-The Warrior', `Dulha Mil Gaya', `Sikander' and animation film `Hey Krishna' are in pre-production stage.