NBCU and cable network FX have penned a deal worth $100 million for first viewing rights to 15 titles from Universal’s 2008 line-up. This is NBCU’s first deal of its kind with a basic cable network!
Included in the deal: Judd Appatow’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Angelina Jolie’s Wanted, and George Clooney’s Leatherheads. Also part of the agreement are upcoming films The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, with Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello; Hellboy II: The Golden Army, starring Ron Perlman and Selma Blair; Death Race, featuring Jason Statham and Joan Allen; Dennis Quaid starrer The Express; Clint Eastwood’s Changeling; Baby Mama, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; and The Strangers, with Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman. The pact also includes the recently released films Definitely, Maybe and Doomsday.
The movies will be available for showing on the network sometime in 2010, about 28-30 months after the theatrical releases.