Gkids Acquires Japanese Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘Napping Princess’ For Fall Release
Gkids, the distributor with nine Animated Feature Oscar nominations to its credit since 2010, has acquired North American rights to Napping Princess, the Kenji Kamiyama-helmed film that played the Annecy International Animation Film Festival this year and won the animated feature award at the Fantasia Film Festival. Gkids plans a September 8 platform bow in New York at Los Angeles, followed by a national rollout.
The pic, previously known as Ancien and the Magic Tablet… Read
‘Gravity’ Helmer Alfonso Cuaron Exits WME; Anonymous Content Will Be Primary Rep
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
Paramount Stakes Graham King GK Films To 3-Year First Look
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
‘Wolf’ Whistles To $685M; ‘Annabelle’ Conjures $35M+; ‘Spider-Man’ Leaps Past $700M WW – International Box Office
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
Faith-Based ‘I Can Only Imagine’ Picked Up By Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions
I Can Only Imagine, the faith-based film starring Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman, Trace Adkins and Broadway's J. Michael Finley (Les Miserables), was acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions for release on March 16. Directed by Jon and Andrew Erwin, the film is based on the true story behind “I Can Only Imagine,” the popular Christian song by Bart Millard based on his life.
The date is similar to the one the distrib chose this year to launch The Shack, the… Read
China’s ‘Wolf’ Leads Pack; ‘Dunkirk’ Channels $314M WW; ‘Valerian’ Crosses $50M Overseas – International Box Office
TUESDAY UPDATE (with actuals & Valerian figures): Far and away the leader of the pack, Wolf Warriors 2 ran off with the weekend at the international box office. That was thanks to a China performance that pushed it to $470M through Sunday, and to an all-time record-breaking RMB 3.4B ($506M) through Monday midnight to become the biggest movie ever in the Middle Kingdom. (See below and here for more on WW2‘s massive performance.)
With Hollywood currently kept on the… Read
Shocker! Stuart Ford Forced Out As IM Global CEO
EXCLUSIVE, updated with statement from Stuart lawyer: While Tang Media Partners today added Open Road to its company portfolio, there is major exit news involving its other major entertainment media property, IM Global. CEO Stuart Ford, face of the sales and distribution company for the last 10 years, was forced out of the company late last Friday in what is described to me as an acrimonious exit. The dispute had to do with disagreements between Ford and IM Global’s board… Read
Skydance Extends Paramount Deal Four Years: Jim Cameron & Tim Miller ‘Terminator’ On Boards
Despite vehement denials late last year that Skydance’s long relationship with Paramount Pictures would be extended, the company announced that it has in fact reupped its producing and co-financing relationship with the studio for another four years. This gives Paramount much needed cash to try and launch tent pole films and franchises, something it sorely needs. Pictures on the docket include Mission: Impossible, the Joseph Kosinski-Tom Cruise collaboration Top Gun, and… Read
‘Despicable Me’ Becomes Top-Grossing Animated Film Franchise Ever Worldwide
Illumination’s Despicable Me series of films has surpassed the Shrek movies to become the highest-grossing animated franchise of all time worldwide. A $21.2M international weekend on Despicable Me 3 has pushed the franchise to a $3.528B global total for Gru and the Minions. That tops the Shrek stable of five pics (including Puss In Boots) at $3.51B global.
The DM series includes the three Steve Carell-starring films, along with 2015's spinoff about the little yellow… Read
Disney Channel Goes Back To Camp With New ‘Bug Juice’
Disney Channel has announced a new, contemporary installment of its late-’90s docu-series Bug Juice. The new version will “capture the authentic adventures of a group of kids age 10-12 as they head to summer camp, join in exciting and challenging outdoor activities, establish tight bonds with bunkmates and create unforgettable memories,” says the channel.
Production is currently underway in Waterford, Maine, for a scheduled debut in early 2018.
The series, named after the… Read
Star Wars Virtual Reality Attraction Set For Disney Resorts
A virtual reality visit to the Star Wars galaxy is planned for Disney resorts in California and Florida. “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire,” produced by Lucasfilm and ILMxLABVR in collaboration with VR startup The Void, will open to the public at two new VOID Experience Centers at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season.
Described by The Void as a “first-of-its kind Star Wars experience,” the attraction “will… Read
Broad Green Shuts Production; 15 Layoffs, 50 Projects In Turnaround As Founders Regroup
EXCLUSIVE: Slumping distributor-producer-financier Broad Green Pictures this morning will shutter its production division, a move that will mean layoffs of about 15 of Broad Green’s 75 employees, along with the exit of most of about 50 development projects being kicked back to filmmakers to be set up elsewhere. CEO Gabriel Hammond confirmed this to Deadline, but despite rumors to the contrary, stressed that he and his brother, Broad Green Chief Creative Officer Daniel Hamm… Read