It looks like DreamWorks may be leaving Disney’s fold and joining Universal.
THR reports that Steven Spielberg is currently in the midst of negotiating a distribution deal for DreamWorks before its current arrangement with the Walt Disney Co. expires in August 2016. The Spielberg-directed Roald Dahl adaptation “The BFG” is looking to be the last released under the Disney deal.
DreamWorks’ likely future home will be Universal Pictures where Spielberg has maintained his offices even as DreamWorks shacked up with Paramount and then Disney. Spielberg’s involvement is also said to be key on potential reboots of other Universal franchises and the trade suggests the likes of “Jaws” and “Back to the Future” may get that treatment.
Several DreamWorks movies are in or near production including Lasse Hallstrom’s currently shooting “A Dog’s Purpose,” Tate Taylor’s high-profile novel adaptation “The Girl on the Train,” and the Scarlett Johansson-led anime adaptation “Ghost in the Shell”.