Thompson on Hollywood

Even before Screen Gems' domestic hit Easy A earned $75 million and broke out star Emma Stone, Will Gluck was a rising writer-director. With that film, he catapulted onto the hot list, and having seen Screen Gems' upcoming Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, Sony Entertainment's Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal have nabbed him for a two-year film and television development and production pact.

The deal covers television and film across all Sony banners-- Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Television. "Will has now directed three films for us and each one was distinctive and contemporary," said Amy Pascal, Sony co-chairman. "He writes and directs movies that are timeless, hilarious, engaging and disarming."

Gluck is now developing Sex on the Moon for Columbia Pictures, produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael DeLuca.