Paramount is hoping to lure Universal Pictures Chairman Stacey Snider away to head its newly acquired DreamWorks division, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Friday), citing four sources close to the situation. DreamWorks cofounder David Geffen reportedly is spearheading the effort to land Snider. The Times noted that her contract at Universal expires at the end of this year and that she has not begun renegotiating her deal. The newspaper cautioned, however, that the Paramount/DreamWorks deal is not a sure thing and that Snider could remain at Universal.
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.