Jeremy Renner has his own production company called “The Combine” with his producing partner Don Handfield

Kevin HunterJeremy Renner has formed his own production company called “The Combine” which he will run with partner Don Handfield.  The company is already developing a Steve McQueen biopic that will serve as a starring vehicle for the actor.

I’m excited to hear he’s taking the next step in the film business by creating his own company where he can manage and oversee some really great projects.  He’s a smart guy and will no doubt go far with this.  Even if he chooses to quit acting he’s got a level head to run this new business venture.

James Gray, who wrote and directed We Own the Night, is attached to write the McQueen screenplay, which will be based on the two books by Marshall Terrill: Portrait of an American Rebel and The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon. Video director Ivan Zacharias is attached to make his directorial debut on the project.

Renner and Handfield will produce the McQueen project with Hurt Locker producer Greg Shapiro, Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver (one of the producers of Black Swan), and Zacharias’ producing partner Nick Landon.

CAA packaged the project, repping Renner, Grey, Zacharias and the producers, and will also rep the North American distribution rights.

Renner seems like a great fit for the iconic ’70s star, with the right rugged looks and all-man attitude.  The project is currently in the development stage.  Renner who’s become one of the most sought-after and busiest actors in Hollywood since his back-to-back Oscar nominations for Hurt Locker and The Town, has plenty on his plate to keep him occupied in the meantime.

With Combine, Renner and Handfield, an actor-turned-filmmaker, are trying to create entertainment from an artist-based perspective. According to sources, “the company will provide a framework to create, develop and support the vision of actors, writers and directors across all platforms.”

Jeremy Renner has many great movies coming due out 2012 and into 2013.  We just saw him in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.  Next up in May 2012 he’ll be co-starring in The Avengers.  In August 2012 he’ll be headlining and carrying his own movie in Bourne Legacy and then in January 2013 will see him in the Gothic Horror, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

He’s currently shooting Lowlife and playing the character Orlando the Magician.

-Kevin Hunter, Author of Jagger’s Revolution and Dude 101

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