Bart & Fleming: How Bad Was Movie Summer 2017?
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily 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
‘Locke & Key’: Frances O’Connor To Star In Hulu Pilot From Carlton Cuse & Joe Hill
Frances O'Connor (The Conjuring 2, The Missing) has been cast as the lead in Locke & Key, Hulu’s one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the IDW comic by Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. The pilot comes from Hill, Carlton Cuse and IDW Entertainment.
Locke & Key, written by Hill and to be directed by Andy Muschietti. revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine with their mother Nina… 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
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
Milla Jovovich To Play Blood Queen In ‘Hellboy’ Reboot
EXCLUSIVE: Director Neil Marshall has found his Blood Queen. Milla Jovovich is in final talks to join the Marshall-directed reboot of Hellboy, sources said. The plan is for her to join Stranger Things‘ David Harbour (playing the red-skinned creature originated by Ron Perlman in the Guillermo del Toro films), and Ian McShane, who’s also set to play Professor Broom. Andrew Cosby is working on the latest draft of a script by Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike… 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
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
‘Dunkirk’ Charts $131.5M Offshore; ‘Wolf’ Devours China; ‘Despicable 3’ Tops $822M WW + ‘Valerian’s French Bread – Intl BO
TUESDAY AM UPDATE: With actuals accounted for, there were few swings at the international box office in what was a weekend rife with holdovers — and one massive Chinese newcomer. Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk led for Hollywood at a slightly higher $45.8M versus Sunday's $45.6M estimate. Despicable Me 3, the No. 2 studio movie offshore, also rose (by $1.8M) to bring its global cume to $822.7M. China's Wolf Warriors 2 was the big dog with about $148M through Sunday, and an… Read