A couple of years ago, director Brett Ratner and James Packer teamed up to form the company RatPac Entertainment, and they’ve since had a major impact on the film industry. What may surprise some who are familiar with the RatPac brand is that Ratner and Packer intended for it to be an independent film company. Forbes wrote that Packer labeled the idea (for which he shelled out $100 million) a “small private investment.”
We can debate that label to no end, but the bottom line is RatPac has ended up involving itself in some pretty significant projects. The most famous to date is the George Clooney/Sandra Bullock visual space adventure Gravity, though RatPac also helped with the Horrible Bosses 2 and recently secured, along with Warner Bros., the rights to the film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s sensational Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch.
It’s certainly debatable whether or not RatPac stands for what most consider the defining qualities of indie film, but in its short existence thus far the company has offered plenty of surprises. The latest is the announcement of one of the most bizarre and ambitious short films in recent history.
According to Deadline, RatPac is in the early stages of producing a short film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio, making it one of the flashiest short films we can recall. The Deadline announcement makes the interesting observation that DiCaprio has done five films with Scorsese while De Niro’s done an astounding eight. However, they’ve never worked together on a project with the director, until now. But why now, and why such an ambitious cast for a short film, from a studio that seems to have no trouble attaching itself to blockbusters? Read more of this post