Nick Cave, Terry Gilliam, Kevin Smith Films Among 14 Specialty Debuts
Films from notables Nick Cave, Kevin Smith and Terry Gilliam, and another featuring Downton Abbey vet Dan Stevens are helping fill this weekend's box office, despite studio blockbuster debuts for The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You.
In all, 14 specialty films are debuting this weekend, at the front edge of awards season and the time of year when “serious” films hit the screens left and right. We have The Guest, with Stevens; The Zero Theorem by Gilliam; Smith's T… Read
Shark Spec Script ‘In The Deep’ Won By Sony
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has won a vigorous bidding battle pegged at high-six figures for In The Deep, a spec script by Tony Jaswinski that had created feeding frenzy all day. The film will be produced by former Warner Bros executive Lynn Harris; it is the first project she has put together with Matti Leshem in the new producing shingle Weimaraner Republic Pictures.
Shark week in September? Bidders included Sony Pictures and Warner Bros, both of which had Harris set up as… Read
‘Godzilla’ Sequel To Be Scripted By Max Borenstein
EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Pictures has closed a deal for Max Borenstein to write the screenplay for the sequel to Godzilla, which Gareth Edwards will direct. It is the latest example of how Borenstein is becoming a go-to guy for Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni's event-film factory. Borenstein wrote the first installment that relaunched the reptile and also penned Skull Island. The latter was teased at Comic-Con and just got Tom Hiddleston starring and Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing… Read
Jada Pinkett Smith Circling ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros seems determined to turn Jada Pinkett Smith into a nightclub-owning magnate. She already is the linchpin of Warner Bros TV's DC Comics origin series Gotham, playing the imposing, hotheaded and notoriously sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner Fish Mooney. The series starring Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue premieres September 28 on Fox. Now I hear Pinkett Smith is in talks to join the cast of Magic Mike XXL, next year's sequel to the hit 2012… Read
‘Fargo’s Noah Hawley To Adapt His Novel ‘Before The Fall’ In Sony Pic Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has acquired Before The Fall, a novel written by Noah Hawley, who shared the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries for hatching the FX television transfer of Fargo. That series also brought Emmy nominations for Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman. Hawley will adapt his novel and he will produce the feature with John Cameron. The book tells the story of a mysterious private-plane crash, starting in Martha's Vineyard, and focuses on the two… Read
James Schamus On Screenwriting: “124 Pages Of Begging For Money & Attention”
When James Schamus is on a bill, he can generally be trusted to deliver an intellectual reality check to the motion picture business. That's just what he did tonight in London as the first guest of BAFTA's 2014 Screenwriters' Lectures series. Introduced as "renowned autodidact and multihyphenate," the former Focus Features boss and the author of dozens of screenplays in 25 years of making movies used his 60 minutes at the lectern to reject the use of the word "art" as… Read
Ang Lee Next Directing ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ At TriStar
EXCLUSIVE: Ang Lee will next direct an adaptation of Ben Fountain's novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. It is Lee's first film since he won the Best Director Oscar for Life Of Pi, and he's reuniting with Tom Rothman at TriStar. Rothman, who continues to put together filmmaker-centric projects at his Sony-based label, ran Fox and worked closely with Lee on that difficult, groundbreaking, Oscar-winning 3D film that grossed $600 million worldwide. TriStar is teamed with… Read
Fox Moves ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Out of 2015; Sets ‘Deadpool’ For Feb. 2016
Assassin's Creed, 20th Century Fox's feature adaptation of the hit Ubisoft videogame franchise, originally scheduled for next Aug. 7, has been moved off 2015's schedule, but looks to resurface at some point in 2016. Assassin's Creed has Michael Fassbender attached to star and his Macbeth director Justin Kurzel helming.
The studio also shifted release dates for Fantastic Four and Paper Towns next summer and officially dated its Marvel X-Men spinoff Deadpool for February… Read
‘Fault In Our Stars’ Box Office To Cross $300M Worldwide On Modest Budget: How’d It Happen?
The modestly-budgeted The Fault In Our Stars (Fox has said it was $12M; others said it was $16 but more like $14M after the tax incentive) will gross over $300M worldwide by week's end for Fox. If ever there was a perfect storm in releasing a film, this was it. This picture slogged through the monsters, the superheroes and the animated dragons of the summer to become one of the most profitable pictures in recent memory.
How did it happen? It didn't hurt that the film was… Read
‘King Arthur’ Crowns Its Guinevere
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Guy Ritchie have set French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey to play Guinevere in Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur. The casting comes after the studio set Sons Of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur.
Berges-Frisbey was in the cast of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. She was born in Spain, grew up in France and started on French TV in 2007. She had to learn English when she was cast as the mermaid Syrena in the Pirates… Read
Box Office Preview: ‘Maze Runner’ To Put ‘Tombstones’ In Ground; ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Debuts
Three new pictures bow this weekend with Fox's sci-fi action thriller The Maze Runner leading the way. It opens tonight at 10 PM, having already made a strong bow overseas to heavily outpace Divergent and gross $8.5M so far. After this weekend's bow in the states, the picture will likely have grossed its production budget back — said to be around $35M+ but they got a tax incentive from shooting in Louisiana which brought the net cost down. That's not including marketing… Read
Hooray For Hollywood! Gov. Brown Signs Film & TV Tax Credit Bill Extension
Look out Louisiana, Georgia and Canada, runaway productions are coming back to the home of Hollywood. At least that's the intention of the massive expansion to California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program. “California is on the move and Hollywood is a very important part of that,” said Gov. Jerry Brown just before signing the legislation into law today outside of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre — and behind a sign that read “Keep Cameras Rolling In… Read