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Michael B. Jordan, Jennifer Yuh Nelson Plot ‘A Bittersweet Life’ For Fox & 21 Laps

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EXCLUSIVE: Fox is taking a fresh start on A Bittersweet Life, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and Jennifer Yuh Nelson to direct the action-thriller remake of the cult classic 2005 Korean film. Jordan will play a mobster whose longtime loyalties to his crime family are challenged when his boss orders him to kill a mistress he’s recently grown close to. The filmmakers see this as a high-concept, character-driven genre film with franchise potential. 21 Laps’ Shawn Lev… Read

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Bart & Fleming: How Bad Was Movie Summer 2017?

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades aDaily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. BART: Summer forecasts are risky. In the year-end stories of 2016, studio mavens predicted that summer 2017 would embrace a parade of hits. Whoops: box office last weekend was down 32% from a year earlier, and summer overall was down 14%, the worst summer in 25 years by some… Read

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‘Gravity’ Helmer Alfonso Cuaron Exits WME; Anonymous Content Will Be Primary Rep

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EXCLUSIVE: Alfonso Cuaron, the Mexican-born helmer who won the Best Director Oscar for Gravity, today left WME. It looks like he won’t rebound with another agency. He recently signed with Anonymous Content for management, where he has a long relationship with principal and producer Steve Golin, which grew out of Fallen Angels. Cuaron will likely just stay with the management company. It was unclear what prompted the move, but I have confirmed it happened. Cuaron is a… Read

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Paramount Lands Blake Lively Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’ By 007 Producers & IM Global

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures just landed itself a potential new global franchise. The studio will team with IM Global and James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for The Rhythm Section, a female global espionage thriller to star Blake Lively, with The Handmaid's Tale director/exec producer Reed Morano to helm the first of what they hope will become a franchise. Paramount acquired the film and will release it in most world territories. Both Paramount… Read

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Paramount Keeping ‘M:I 6 – Mission Impossible’ Date Despite Broken Ankle For Tom Cruise

UPDATED with Paramount statement: Paramount just issued an official statement regarding Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible 6. The studio expects to keep its summer 2018 date despite the star’s broken ankle. Per Paramount: “During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery, and the film remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018. Tom wants to thank you… Read

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Universal, Channing Tatum, Michael De Luca Tap ‘Bloodlines’

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has optioned the upcoming Melissa Del Bosque book Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty. Channing Tatum is attached to star, and Oscar-nominated Straight Outta Compton scribe Jonathan Herman will adapt. A rookie FBI agent named Scott Lawson is assigned to the border town of Laredo, Texas, where he writes reports about the drug war but doesn’t get to do much else. Until he’s asked to… Read

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Paramount Stakes Graham King GK Films To 3-Year First Look

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EXCLUSIVE: As Paramount Pictures chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos bolsters his film ranks, he has staked Graham King and his GK Films to a three year first look deal to make movies for the studio. King will move his company onto the Paramount lot right away. The studio confirmed the deal to Deadline. Even though they’ve yet to collaborate on a movie, King and Gianopulos have had a close relationship for years, going back to King’s origins in distribution. Said King: "Jim is… Read

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‘Wolf’ Whistles To $685M; ‘Annabelle’ Conjures $35M+; ‘Spider-Man’ Leaps Past $700M WW – International Box Office

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UPDATE, WRITETHRU with actuals: New Line/Warner Bros’ Annabelle: Creation came to life at the international box office this weekend with $35.4M in her first wide frame. That was a slight bump for the doll versus Sunday estimates. The prequel spinoff was the major expanded title in overseas markets, while pictures like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Dunkirk, Valerian and more passed new milestones. Nevertheless, offshore play continued to be dominated by China‘s action phenom, Wol… Read

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Pascal Pictures Lands ‘Beneath A Scarlet Sky’ For Tom Holland

EXCLUSIVE: Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal and star Tom Holland have found another film on which to collaborate. Pascal Pictures’ Pascal and Rachel O’Connor have acquired film rights to the Mark Sullivan novel Beneath A Scarlet Sky, with Holland attached to play the lead role. This comes on a week when the book emerged as a top seller on the Amazon lists. It is the story of a forgotten WWII hero. Pino Lella is a normal Italian teenager living an idyllic life in… Read

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Uni Lands Evan Spiliotopoulos Genghis Khan Tomb Hunt Script, Dwayne Johnson Exec Producer

EXCLUSIVE: Universal has acquired an untitled contemporary action adventure script about the hunt for Genghis Khan’s mysterious tomb. Studio bought a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos, who co-wrote the live action Beauty And The Beast, as well as The Huntsman: Winter’s War. ImageMovers’ Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine will produce along with Seven Bucks Productions production president Hiram Garcia. Seven Bucks’ Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia will be exec producers with… Read

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Marvel Taps Geneva Robertson-Dworet To Script ‘Captain Marvel’

EXCLUSIVE: Marvel has set Geneva Robertson-Dworet to take over and write the script for Captain Marvel, the Brie Larson-starrer that will be directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind).  Meg LeFauve & Nicole Perlman originally were set to write the script, but LeFauve had to leave to direct the Disney Animation pic Gigantic with Nathan Greno. That creates a big opportunity for Robertson-Dworet, whose script credits include the upcoming Tomb Raider pic for… Read

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‘Wolf Warrior 2’ Crosses $600M In China; No. 6 All-Time Gross In A Single Market

UPDATE: The film that just won’t quit in China, Wolf Warrior 2, has now crossed into even further uncharted territory. Wu Jing’s Rambo-esque actioner passed the $600M mark at the Middle Kingdom box office today, gnashing its teeth on an estimated $618.6M (RMB 4.13B), per local research outfit Ent Group. Earlier this week (see below) it had surpassed Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid to become the biggest movie ever in the PROC. With Friday’s (dollar) grosses included, it is No… Read