Sources said that former Fox 2000 chief Elizabeth Gabler will make her return to the business through an inventive deal that will meld her strong publishing relationships with the strong relationship she has had with Sony and former Fox chief Tom Rothman. She will make a deal with HarperCollins to turn their books into feature films, distributing through Sony. HarperCollins is funding the arrangement, we hear. Rumor for the longest time was she would return to the business either at Sony or Paramount, where she has an equally strong relationship with Paramount chief and former Fox co-head Jim Gianopulos. Amblin was also dangling a deal. Variety was first up with this and we’ll tell you more when we know it.
Deadline broke the story last March that Gabler’s division was coldly shuttered in an abrupt fashion, this after Disney disclosed that the division would continue after it inhaled Fox. Instead, the division shuttered and staff was laid off with the last film The Woman in the Window, the Joe Wright-directed thriller that stars Amy Adams and Gary Oldman. Gabler’s highlights include Hidden Figures, The Fault In Our Stars, The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me, Love, Simon and The Hate U Give.
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