If you’re an Oscar-winning actor and you don’t already have a production company of your own, are you even a star, bro? Obviously, that’s a bit facetious but it does seem as if more and more award-winning actors are making the leap into producing with their own banners and signing deals with major studios. And Emma Stone is just the latest to do so, as she forms a new partnership with A24.
According to Deadline, Stone has teamed up with her partner (both in film and in life), Dave McCary, to form the Fruit Tree production company. And to make things officially official, Fruit Tree has signed an exclusive deal with A24 to help bring a slate of film and TV projects to…fruition. In fact, the two companies have already set up multiple projects to kick things off.
“We are thrilled to partner with our friends at A24,” Stone and McCary said. “Their commitment to thoughtful and original storytelling and embracing artists’ visions feels rare and vital, and we are incredibly grateful that they support our passion to do the same.
An A24 statement added, “We are ecstatic to be taking this step with Emma and Dave as they launch Fruit Tree, and look forward to working with them on creating singular and exciting work through our new partnership.”
Emma Stone is Emma Stone. You know her. You love her. She’s a huge star. McCary, on the other hand, didn’t star in “Easy A” and therefore, is probably a complete unknown. However, if you’re a fan of “Saturday Night Live,” you’ve probably seen his work as a staff writer on the series over the years. In addition, he’s also the director of the hugely underrated comedy film, “Brigsby Bear.”
And as mentioned, the partnership is already bearing…fruit (puns never get old). Fruit Tree’s first feature film is the upcoming “When You Finish Saving the World,” which is written and directed by none other than Jesse Eisenberg. Obviously, Eisenberg and Stone have a decade’s worth of friendship, having co-starred in the popular “Zombieland” franchise together. So, it’s not all that surprising that they’re working together on yet another project.
In addition, Fruit Tree is also set to produce “The Shadows,” which is a TV series based on the thriller novel by author Stacy Willingham. It’s unclear what platform might land the distribution rights to “The Shadows,” but A24 has previously worked with both Apple TV+ and Hulu on TV series in the past.
As far as when you might see Stone on screen next, she’s set to star in the upcoming “Cruella” from Disney, which she is also producing. No release date is set for that feature.