Netflix Sets ‘Batman’ Director Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho In Multi-Year Exclusive First Look Film Deal
EXCLUSIVE: In the latest bold step for the movie division of Netflix, the company has made one of its most significant overall deals with an A-list feature filmmaker. Matt Reeves, who moved from War For The Planet Of The Apes into writing to direct the next solo Batman movie for Warner Bros and DC, is berthing his 6th & Idaho banner to a deal that will give Netflix an exclusive first look at any feature films that Reeves wants to produce and/or direct through his… Read
Working Title’s Eric Fellner On Braving A Dark Hour For Tastemaker Fare; ‘Baby Driver’ Sequel And Powerhouse Turns By Gary Oldman, Judi Dench: Q&A
At a time when Hollywood studio movie making will steer even more aggressively toward global tent poles with the Disney acquisition of Fox, Working Title partners Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan continue to be those outliers who’ve used the harbor provided them by Universal Pictures to swim against the tide with Brit-centric, thoughtful films that often can’t be log lined in a sentence. They hit twice this year with Baby Driver and then Victoria & Abdul, and today comes the… Read
‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Trailer: Digging The Dancing Queens
It’s time to get your ABBA geek on. Universal has dropped the first trailer for summer sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in all its singing, dancing and sun-kissed summer love glory. The sequel shifts back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.
Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed $610M worldwide, everybody’s back on the Greek island of Kalokairi for an all-new original musical based on the songs of the Swedish pop… Read
How The Overwhelming Disney-Fox Movie Lineup Will Impact Rivals And Exhibitors
If Disney and Fox had merged last year, the combined studio’s domestic box office would have equaled $4.5 billion. That number creeps close to a 40% market share, a figure no major studio has ever hit. Book-ended by two Star Wars releases plus its Marvel and Pixar fare, Disney by itself hit an industry stateside record of $3 billion in 2016. Before the studio closes out this year with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a Disney/Fox combo would already be poised to topple that… Read
Ari Sandel To Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Movie At Sony, But Which One?
Sony has set Ari Sandel to direct Goosebumps 2, but the studio still hasn’t decided which of two versions in development he will film. One of the versions has a new script by Rob Lieber, and both are adaptations of different installments of the fright anthology novel series by R. L. Stine. In any case, Goosebumps 2 has an Oscar winning director at the helm; Sandel won for Best Short Film in 2007 with West Bank Story. He most recently completed When We First Met, with… Read
Golden Globes Nominations Snubs & Surprises
In the first major awards announcement since widespread allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault have swarmed Hollywood, this morning's nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globes were a wake-up call on many levels for some. Check out some of the most noteworthy names and titles passed over by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday.
Veep — The most celebrated sitcom of the past few years, HBO’s Veep was shut out of the nominations for the first… Read
‘Coco’ Sweet With $390M Global, Scores China Hat Trick; ‘Justice League’ Tops $600M WW – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: While the world waits for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to hit global hyperdrive this week, the current international box office session was led by its Disney stablemate, Coco. Taking the overseas crown for the 2nd weekend in a row, the Pixar title crooned a $55.3M tune in 35 markets. That brings the offshore total to $254M and worldwide to $389.5M.
Coco continues to pop in China where the cume has zoomed past $100M, dropping just 21% in the 3rd frame… Read
Hugh Grant: “In My Fantasy World, I’m In A Scorsese Film”; Actor Talks Career At BAFTA Event
"The films I like best really involve a lot of violence and death, so in my fantasy world, I'm in a Martin Scorsese film,” said Hugh Grant at a Saturday night BAFTA Life In Pictures event when asked about folks with whom he’d like to work. He mused, “I can't really imagine why I haven't been cast in one when you think of the natural menace I bring to the screen.”
Yet, the actor who last year came out of semi-retirement to critical praise for his turn opposite Meryl Streep… Read
Netflix Falls For Paris-Set Romcom; Series To Be Helmed By Noemie Saglio
Netflix has set its latest French original, boarding an untitled half-hour romantic comedy series from UnRATED Studios. Based on an idea from British writer Chris Lang (Unforgotten), the series is directed by Connasse helmer Noemie Saglio and will join Netflix for global streaming in 2018.
Set in modern day Paris, the eight-episode series follows a group of friends who rally around their perpetually single girlfriend Elsa, who can’t seem to figure out why she is so… Read
WME Agent Lindsay Dunn Takes Exec Veep Production Post For Russo Brothers Studio
EXCLUSIVE: Lindsay Dunn has been named Executive Vice President Production at Russo Brothers Studio, the new production venture formed by Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo. She leaves WME, where she has been a longtime television agent. Dunn will oversee both film and television projects for the Russo Brothers and report to production president Mike Larocca.
"As longtime clients of WME, Lindsay has become one of the people in the industry who we most… Read
Film4 Exec Joins Ink Factory; ‘Little Prince’ Wins At BAFTA Kids – Global Briefs
The Night Manager producer The Ink Factory has hired Film 4's Tracey Josephs as Head of Production. Josephs, based in London, is one of six new hires for the firm after it secured a $180M funding boost earlier this month. Overseeing all physical production at the TV and film company, Josephs was previously Head of Production at Channel 4's film division, where she worked on titles including Slumdog Millionaire, Twelve Years A Slave, Inbetweeners: The Movie, Carol, Ex Machi… Read
Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee In Universal Deal For Terry McMillan Novel ‘I Almost Forgot About You’
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has has won an auction and has optioned from The Jackal Group the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestseller I Almost Forgot About You, which the studio will mount a star vehicle for Oscar-winning Fences star Viola Davis, with Girls Trip helmer Malcolm D. Lee directing. The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Joe Earley, who acquired McMillan’s novel back back in May, are producing alongside Davis, her husband and JuVee Productions partner Julius… Read