The duo has also partnered with Bloom, the financier and sales outfit run by Alex Walton and Ken Kao.
Big Little Lies filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee and his longtime producing partner Nathan Ross have launched Crazyrose, described as a full-service production company dedicated to developing, financing and producing original content.
At the same time, the shingle is partnering with Bloom, the financier and sales outfit run by Alex Walton and Ken Kao, to serve as a content creator of film, TV and documentary projects. Bloom is the company behind the Christian Bale Western Hostiles, currently in theaters.
The projects include future Vallee directing vehicles and projects he and Ross will just produce.
“During the production of Big Little Lies last spring, [WME’s head of WME Global] Graham Taylor presented us with an offer we couldn’t refuse: the ability to take command and control of our creative destiny in terms of decision making, content ownership and the economics of filmmaking,” Vallee and Ross said in a statement. “After a thoughtful and thorough search, we are thrilled to now form Crazyrose and be partnered with Bloom. Alex and Ken totally speak our language of ‘artist first’ enhancing our notion that commerce and art can exist effectively and not be compromised. Our hope is to foster character driven stories and something seemingly unique and unprecedented in the marketplace that we and other filmmakers can take advantage of.”
The duo is already deep into their post-Lies project, Sharp Objects, an adaptation of the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn that stars Amy Adams. The series, also for HBO, is in postproduction and is set to debut this summer. They are also prepping a second season of Lies, which is coming off a big night at the Golden Globes, where it won four statuettes.
Vallee and Ross previously collaborated on the Oscar-winning and -nominated movies Dallas Buyers Club and Wild. Ross was previously Vallee’s agent, and the two began working as partners in 2010. It was only recently that they decided to formally form a production banner.
Said Walton and Kao: “Jean-Marc Vallee and Nathan Ross have proven to be a first-class team in high-end feature film and television, we are so delighted that they have chosen Bloom as their strategic partner to help further grow their output.”