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Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Names Erica Lee Partner – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Thunder Road President of Production Erica Lee has been promoted to Partner of the company.

During her 16-year tenure at Thunder Road, she has produced a number of the company’s most profitable movies together with all three installments of the $584.7M worldwide grossing John Wick franchise, Taylor Sheridan’s critically acclaimed Wind River, the three-time Oscar nominated Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve, in addition to the Stefano Sollima directed sequel, Sicario: Day of the Soldado.

On June 28, principal images began on the fourth installment of John Wick in Berlin. Lee additionally serves as EP on The Continental, the John Wick prequel sequence for Lionsgate Television.

Said Thunder Road Chairman Iwanyk, “It’s been a true joy to watch Erica evolve from being an assistant that was telling me what I was doing wrong, to now my partner who tells me what I’m doing wrong. Thunder Road wouldn’t be half the company it is today without her taste, toughness, and leadership.”

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Added John Wick filmmaker Chad Stahelski, “Erica was on the ground floor with me as a director and has been there in the trenches with us through the craziness of making four John Wick films. She’s an amazing producer and loyal friend. The entire Wick family is proud of her.”

During the Covid pandemic, Lee and Iwanyk produced three upcoming films: Text For You, a Screen Gems project starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Sam Heughan; Monkey Man, starring Dev Patel who additionally makes his movement image directing debut for Netflix, and Black Site, starring Jason Clarke and Michelle Monaghan, with Sophia Banks directing, the primary movie from their Asbury Park Pictures motion division began earlier this year.

Said Dev Patel “I am so excited for Erica in this new chapter of her career. She’s so smart and driven and funny – a truly fantastic producer who has been a guiding light through this whole process. I can’t wait to collaborate with her and Thunder Road again.”

Thunder Road is presently in post-production on Halle Berry’s action-drama Bruised, by which she stars and makes her function movie directing debut. The movie offered eventually year’s TIFF to Netflix in an eight-figure worldwide deal, as Deadline first reported. Additionally, STX will launch the Chris Pine motion thriller Violence of Action this December.

This fall Lee begins manufacturing on the thriller Kandahar, to be directed by Ric Roman Waugh and starring Gerard Butler, in addition to the actioner Trigger Warning for Netflix which stars Jessica Alba with Mouly Surya directing.

Throughout her time at Thunder Road, Lee has been instrumental in supporting and empowering feminine creatives, each rising and established, to enterprise into the motion/thriller space, placing them behind the digital camera in addition to championing their materials on the web page. Along with the aforementioned Berry, Banks, and Surya, she can also be engaged on tasks with Sarah Dagger- Nickson, Zoë Bell, Halley Gross, and Catherine Hardwicke to call a couple of.

Lee has additionally produced Oscar-nominee Matthew Heineman’s A Private War which acquired two Golden Globe noms, Andrea di Stefano’s The Informer, and shepherded improvement on such titles as A Star is Born, We Are Marshall, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Town, Clash of the Titans and its sequel, Wrath of the Titans, and served as co-producer on Universal Pictures’ Seventh Son, directed by Oscar-nominated Sergei Bodrov, starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

Born in New York City, Lee graduated from Florida State University and instantly entered the leisure business with an internship at NBC Studios in Burbank. Following her internship, she started working at Creative Artists Agency as an assistant within the expertise division. She then started at Thunder Road as Iwanyk’s assistant.

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