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8 items from 2003


Gellar holding a 'Grudge' against Raimi, Col Pics

15 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sarah Michelle Gellar, most recently seen on the big screen in Scooby-Doo, will take on a more frightening role in her next starring gig as she is set to topline the horror remake The Grudge. The project, being produced by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures and distributed domestically by Columbia Pictures, is an English-language version of the Japanese thriller Ju-On. The film's title refers to a curse that befalls someone who dies in the grip of a powerful rage. Those who encounter this murderous supernatural curse die, and a new one is born -- passed like a virus from victim to victim in an endless, growing chain of horror. »

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Gellar holding a 'Grudge' against Raimi, Col Pics

14 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sarah Michelle Gellar, most recently seen on the big screen in Scooby-Doo, will take on a more frightening role in her next starring gig as she is set to topline the horror remake The Grudge. The project, being produced by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures and distributed domestically by Columbia Pictures, is an English-language version of the Japanese thriller Ju-On. The film's title refers to a curse that befalls someone who dies in the grip of a powerful rage. Those who encounter this murderous supernatural curse die, and a new one is born -- passed like a virus from victim to victim in an endless, growing chain of horror. »

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Moran tapped as vp drama at 20th TV

14 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Former UPN programming executive Patrick Moran has been named vp drama development at 20th Century Fox TV. Moran will work alongside vp drama development Jane Leisner in developing new primetime series projects and identifying new talent for the studio. He reports to senior vp drama development Jennifer Nicholson Salke. "We have worked hard selling projects to Patrick over the past few seasons and have always been impressed with his abilities," Nicholson Salke said. "He has great relationships around town as well as with my team here at 20th, so it's a good thing all around." Moran has spent the past 2 1/2 years at UPN, where as vp drama development he helped develop the upcoming sci-fi vehicle Jake 2.0 as well last season's critically praised midseason entry Platinum. Before UPN, Moran was president of the TV arm of Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert's Renaissance Pictures, which produced the first-run syndicated hits Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. »

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Lawless doesn't fear 'Boogeyman'

16 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Former Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless has jumped aboard the in-production Boogeyman for Ghost House Pictures -- the genre label launched by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Senator International -- and Screen Gems. Tory Mussett (The Matrix Reloaded) and Skye McCole Bartusiak (Against the Ropes) also have been added to the cast of Boogeyman, which is a working title. The project, shooting in New Zealand, is being directed by Stephen Kay (Get Carter) and distributed in North America by Screen Gems. It is being produced by Raimi and Tapert and was penned by Eric Kripke, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White and Darren Lemke. »

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Cassidy on 'Case' with WBTV deal

29 June 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Writer-producer Shaun Cassidy has inked a two-year deal with Warner Bros. TV. Under the seven-figure pact, Cassidy will serve as an executive producer on the studio's new Jerry Bruckheimer/Meredith Stiehm drama series for CBS Cold Case and will develop new projects. Cold Case, from WBTV, Jerry Bruckheimer TV and CBS Prods., stars Kathryn Morris as the head of the Philadelphia Police Department's cold-cases squad. On the series, slotted to air at 8 p.m. Sundays, Cassidy will executive produce alongside Bruckheimer, Stiehm and Jonathan Littman. Cassidy segues into the deal with WBTV after a long stint at Universal's television division -- most recently developing a drama series for CBS with his American Gothic partner, Spider-Man director Sam Raimi -- this development season (HR 11/11). He also was an executive producer on the CBS/Universal Network TV CIA drama The Agency. Cassidy's other TV credits include the series Roar for Fox and Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family for USA Network. He is repped by CAA and attorney Bob Myman. »

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Maguire sore for Spidey 2?

18 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Could a bad back keep Tobey Maguire from swinging into Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man sequel? Word raged through Hollywood on Monday that Maguire may not be on board for the second installment, scheduled to start shooting April 12. The causes cited ranged from physical problems to a salary dispute. And if Maguire pulls a disappearing act, the word went, Jake Gyllenhaal could be in line to step into Spidey's tights. Both the studio and Maguire's rep Kelly Bush refuted such accounts, with both saying that Maguire is still on board and is only suffering from a sore back. His back problem was attributed to his work shooting Universal Pictures' strenuous Seabiscuit, the horse racing drama that required him to lose weight and spend countless hours on horseback. That film wrapped Feb. 18, and a Universal spokesperson said there were no major injuries on the set. "After doing two physically demanding films in a row, Tobey has experienced mild discomfort in his back, which is in the final stages of healing," Bush said. "With an April 12 start date around the corner, everyone involved wants to be certain he is able to do the intense stunts." Even despite his back trouble, Bush added, Maguire has been busy preparing for another go as Peter Parker, working out and showing up for special effects meetings. Sources close to the production confirmed that as well. Even before the success of the last year's Spider-Man, which grossed north of $400 million domestically, the studio struck deals with Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and helmer Sam Raimi for an additional two films, which would complicate any exit. As for Gyllenhaal, a CAA spokesperson said the actor has never been offered the part. »

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Kay's not afraid of 'Boogeyman'

14 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Stephen Kay has come aboard to direct Senator International's horror project Boogeyman for Ghost House Pictures, Senator's genre label headed by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. Production is due to begin in the spring in New Zealand. Screen Gems will distribute domestically. Mehdi Norowzian was attached to direct the project but is no longer on board. Boogeyman is described as a classic horror project about a young man traumatized by memories of terrible events in his childhood bedroom. Years later, he reluctantly returns home to face his fears. Raimi and Tapert will produce from a script by Eric Kripke, Juliet Snowden and Stiles White. Steve Hein and Gary Bryman are executive producing. Kay, repped by ICM, directed the MTV telefilm Wasted, starring Nick Stahl and Summer Phoenix, as well as Get Carter, starring Sylvester Stallone. He also wrote and directed the indie feature The Last Time I Committed Suicide. Senator International is fully financing and handling worldwide rights to all pictures produced under the Ghost House banner, with Senator executive vp motion pictures Nathan Kahane and creative executive Jim Miller overseeing the daily creative operations. »

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Susco holds Senator's 'Grudge' pen

13 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Stephen Susco is in negotiations to adapt The Grudge for Senator International and Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert's Senator-based genre arm Ghost House Pictures. The project is the English-language remake of the Japanese horror hit Ju-On, produced by Taka Ichise and written and directed by Takashi Shimizu. Susco will adapt the work, which centers on a murderous supernatural curse spawned from a grudge held by a person who dies in the grip of powerful anger. The curse is then passed -- like a virus -- from victim to victim in a growing chain of horror across a quiet neighborhood. Raimi and Tapert are producing the redo along with Ichise. Shimizu is set to direct for Ghost House and Senator International. Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Doug Davison will executive produce with co-producer Shin Shimosawa. At Senator, the project is being overseen by Nathan Kahane. Susco is repped by Agency for the Performing Arts, Tavel Entertainment's Chris Ridenhour and attorney Alan Hergott. He previously sold the untitled Harvard heist script to Escape Artists and Dumbstruck to Universal Pictures. »

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