Lionsgate has signed producer Kristin Burr and her company, Burr! Productions, to an overall multi-year film production deal, it was announced today by Nathan Kahane, President of the Motion Picture Group.
Burr is the latest major filmmaker to align with the studio, which has also recently signed with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver and their production company Point Grey Pictures, filmmaker Chad Stahelski, director Jonathan Levine, and producer Stephen “Doctor” Love.
Following a 20-year career as a Disney executive shepherding some of that studio’s biggest comedies, romantic-comedies and family films, Burr has transitioned to become one of the industry’s most respected producers. Through Burr! Productions, she has produced such films as Disney’s Christopher Robin and Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
At Lionsgate, Burr is already working on a number of projects, including MILK (Mother I’d Like To Kill). The film will be directed by Dan Trachtenberg based on his original idea with a screenplay by Patrick Aison. In the gritty and darkly comedic action/thriller a former assassin must manage the pressures of being a new mom while avoiding her former co-workers who have been sent to kill her.
Commenting on the announcement, Kahane said, “Kristin will be a key pillar for us as we step up our activity in the live-action family space. She develops films in this arena that elevate the genre and are distinctive, fresh and authentic. She is one of the most talented producers working today and will be a tremendous addition to our development family adding a great resource to our team as we continue to deliver exciting films that focus on our new content strategy.”
Erin Westerman, Lionsgate’s President of Production, added, “I was privileged to work closely with Kristin at Disney and saw firsthand how she helped make her projects the very best they could be. There are few working in our business who can match her vision for story, her incredible eye for talent, or the way she can inspire others with her filmmakers’ passion. It’s a thrill to be reuniting with her professionally.”
“I am thrilled to be working with Nathan and Erin in this next chapter of Burr! Productions,” said Burr. “What Nathan has expertly built at Lionsgate in his time there is directly in line with the kinds of stories I am excited to tell. The fact that he is also a strong supporter of women in our industry who is attentive AND smart is icing on the cake and frankly makes me want to succeed for him even more.”
“Erin has been my partner in crime in many storytelling adventures over the years and I’ve always suspected (hoped) she’d one day be my boss, so nothing makes me happier than to be back in business with her,” added Burr.
Burr joined Disney in 1997 as a creative exec. Prior to her transition into producing in 2017, Burr held the title of Executive VP of Production. During her career with the studio, she oversaw the development and production of such hit films as the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama with Reese Witherspoon; another hit rom-com, The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds; Christopher Nolan’s hypnotic period drama The Prestige with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale; the comedy The Muppets; Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic; and the reimagining of Freaky Friday with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.
One of her final projects at Disney was shepherding the musical Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall, and starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep.
Currently, Burr is in production on Jingle Jangle, a Netflix musical starring Forest Whitaker with music by John Legend. She is also in post-production for Cruella, an origin story for one of Disney’s most notorious villains, starring Emma Stone. Both films are set for release this December.