Sacha Baron Cohen Renews Paramount Deal But Switches Studio For ‘Grimsby’

Written by Nastassia Baroni on 14th February, 2014

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s production company, Four By Two Films, has renewed its partnership with Paramount Pictures for a three year term with a commitment to make two movies. Meanwhile, Sony Pictures has picked up distribution rights for Grimsby, a comedy that was developed by Baron Cohen’s company at Paramount and which is due to be released in 2015.

Deadline reports the Borat actor released a statement in French regarding his renewed deal with Paramount, the studio behind the Oscar nominated Martin Scorsese film The Wolf Of Wall Street. The translated statement from Cohen reads, “Any studio that puts out a movie where Leonardo DiCaprio snorts cocaine from a hooker’s anus is a place I’m happy to call home.”

No reason has been given as to why Cohen’s film has switched studios. Written by Cohen himself with Phil Johnston and Borat co-writer Peter Baynham, Grimsby revolves around a British black-ops spy who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, an idiotic soccer hooligan, with Cohen, of course, playing the latter. Production is slated to start later this year.

“Sacha is a uniquely gifted performer with worldwide audience appeal and this concept suits his brilliant comic talents perfectly,” said Sony subsidiary company Columbia Pictures’ president Doug Belgrad. “Grimsby is an exciting addition to our 2015 summer slate.”

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