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Studio71 Expands U.K. Operation With New Creator Studio, 2 Exec Appointments

Studio71 announced this morning a flurry of expansions for its U.K. operation, including a brand new production studio, as well as two executive appointments.

The studio will be available to Studio71’s U.K.-based creators, and will offer filming and editing tools, creative support, and merchandising and licensing resources. At the same time, Studio71 -- which is headquartered in Los Angeles and has offices in Berlin, New York, Toronto, and London -- has named James Stafford managing director of U.K. operations and Jeremy Stein Svp of scripted content.

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Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine Join Rebel Wilson in ‘Isn’t It Romantic’

Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine Join Rebel Wilson in ‘Isn’t It Romantic’
Liam Hemsworth and Adam Devine are set to star opposite Rebel Wilson in the New Line comedy “Isn’t It Romantic.”

Todd Strauss-Schulson is directing the movie.

The film follows a cynical woman, played by Wilson, who discovers that her life has become a romantic comedy. The two actors are involved in a love triangle with Wilson, with Devine playing a character who is stuck in the friend zone and Hemsworth as the object of Wilson’s affections.

Erin Cardillo wrote the first draft of the script. Dana Fox, Katie Silberman, and Paula Pell worked on the screenplay as well, with the most recent revisions by Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly.

Todd Garner, Grant Scharbo, Gina Matthews, and Jeremy Stein are producing the comedy. Production is set to start in June.

Devine and Wilson last worked together on the “Pitch Perfect” franchise. Devine is currently shooting “Game Over, Man,” a
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‘Star Wars’ Spoof ‘Star Worlds’ Sells Strongly Worldwide

Covert Media has sold the Star Wars spoof “Star Worlds” to multiple markets at the Berlin Film Festival, a week after launching sales.

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, whose credits include the Scary Movie franchise, “Epic Movie” and “Vampires Suck” are writing and directing the project, titled “Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.” Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson (“District 9”) is producing the film alongside Broken Road ProductionsTodd Garner (“True Memoirs of an International Assassin”).

The film is currently in pre-production targeting a fall shoot. The film is being fully financed and produced by Covert Media, which launched worldwide sales on the film in Berlin.

“Star Worlds” has been acquired by Constantin Film for Germany, Eagle Pictures for Italy, Tripictures for Spain, and Gussi for Latin America. Rights have also been sold to Eagle Films for the Middle East,
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'Star Wars' spoof drives strong Efm sales for Covert Media

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'Star Wars' spoof drives strong Efm sales for Covert Media
Exclusive: Comedy Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue has closed deals in Berlin in multiple international territories.

Covert Media president of international Liz Kim Schwan announced sales on Tuesday on the project that Covert is fully financing and producing.

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer wrote and will direct the Star Wars spoof and their credits include the Scary Movie franchise, Epic Movie and Vampires Suck.

Rights for Star Worlds have gone in Germany (Constantin Film), Italy (Eagle), Spain (Tripictures), and Latin America (Gussi).

Deals have also close with Eagle Films for the Middle East, Movie Cloud for Taiwan, PVR Pictures in India, Tanweer in Malaysia, and Red Pictures for Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam. Covert is currently in discussions on additional major territories.

Covert CEO Paul Hanson is producing alongside Broken Road ProductionsTodd Garner and the producers have earmarked an autumn production start.

The Star Worlds
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Star Wars Spoof Movie Is Happening with Scary Movie Team

Comedy hit creators Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Scary Movie franchise, Epic Movie, Vampires Suck) are set to write and direct their newest project Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue, a Star Wars spoof, it was announced today by Covert Media's CEO Paul Hanson (District 9, W. Ophelia) who is producing the film alongside Broken Road Productions' Todd Garner (Knight and Day, True Memoirs of an International Assassin). With over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, the kings of spoof movies have poked fun at every genre in film, from five Scary Movies, Epic Movie and Date Movie, to Meet the Spartans and Vampires Suck. Now they are at it again, daring to spoof the biggest movie empire on Earth by taking us to a galaxy far, far away in... Star Worlds.

With their comedic take on
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'Star Wars' spoof on Covert Efm sales slate

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'Star Wars' spoof on Covert Efm sales slate
Scary Movie franchise creators Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer will write and direct Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.

Covert Media will fully finance and handle worldwide sales on the project, which CEO Paul Hanson is producing alongside Broken Road ProductionsTodd Garner.

The project is in pre-production and the producers have earmarked an autumn shoot. Covert’s Elissa Friedman, Media Content Capital’s Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine, and Broken Road’s Jeremy Stein serve as executive producers.

According to a press release Friedberg and Seltzer – whose credits as writers and producers on the Scary Movie franchise and films like Epic Movie, Date Movie, Disaster Movie, Meet The Spartans and Vampires Suck have grossed more than $1bn worldwide – plan to leave “no convention, cliché, or iconic moment untouched”.

Star Worlds is the second project under the two-year first-look deal between Covert and Broken Road. The partners
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‘Star Wars’ Parody Film in Development From ‘Scary Movie’ Team

Star Wars” will soon be taken to another galaxy far, far away by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the duo known for the “Scary Movie” franchise and “Epic Movie.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two will write and direct a parody film titled, “Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue,” a spoof on the George Lucas-created universe.

No additional plot details or cast members were announced, but the film is expected to begin shooting in the fall.

“Jason and Aaron are a powerhouse duo who have proven time and time again that they are fully tapped into the what audiences love,” said Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson. “Their fearless take on pop culture has us beyond thrilled to tackle the world’s most popular franchise with the two of them leading us into a galaxy far, far away.”

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‘Star Wars’ Spoof ‘Star Worlds’ in the Works From ‘Scary Movie’ Duo

‘Star Wars’ Spoof ‘Star Worlds’ in the Works From ‘Scary Movie’ Duo
A spoof of the Star Wars franchise is in development with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, whose credits include the Scary Movie franchise, “Epic Movie” and “Vampires Suck.”

The duo will write and direct the project, titled “Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.” Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson (“District 9”) is producing the film alongside Broken Road ProductionsTodd Garner (“True Memoirs of an International Assassin”).

The film is currently in pre-production targeting a fall shoot. “Star Worlds” is being fully financed by Covert Media who will launch worldwide sales on the film at the Berlin Film Festival.

“Jason and Aaron are a powerhouse duo who have proven time and time again that they are fully tapped into the what audiences love,” Hanson said. “Their fearless take on pop culture has us beyond thrilled to tackle the world’s most
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Zoe Saldana to Star in Action-Thriller ‘Hummingbird’

Zoe Saldana to Star in Action-Thriller ‘Hummingbird’
Zoe Saldana has come on board for the lead role in the action-thriller “Hummingbird,” with the Swedish directing team of Markus Kryler and Fredrik Akerstrom.

Fundamental Films will fully finance and produce the movie alongside Broken Road Productions. Sales will launch next week at the Berlin Film Festival, where Good Universe will be handling international sales. UTA and CAA will be co-representing domestic sales.

John McClain wrote the Black List script. Saldana will portray a black-ops assassin whose latest mark forces her to confront her true identity.

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Efm: Zoe Saldana joins sci-fi thriller 'Hummingbird'

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Fundamental Films will fully finance and produce the feature alongside Broken Road Productions.

Hummingbird is based on John McClain’s Black List script about in the vein of global smash Lucy about a female black-ops assassin whose latest mark forces her to confront her true identity.

Swedish directing team Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Akerström, who recently made the cinematic content for the Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 1 video game, will direct.

Fundamental’s Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon are producing the project with Todd Garner for Broken Road Productions.

Fundamental’s Gary Glushon will serve as executive producer on Hummingbird with Broken Road’s Jeremy Stein, alongside Saldana (pictured in Colombiana) through her Cinestar Pictures.

UTA and CAA jointly co-represent Us rights.
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‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot Finds Director in Simon McQuoid (Exclusive)

‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot Finds Director in Simon McQuoid (Exclusive)
Simon McQuoid, best known for directing commercials, is in talks to helm the “Mortal Kombat” reboot for New Line.

James Wan is producing the movie, along with Michael Clear for Atomic Monster, and Todd Garner and Jeremy Stein through their Broken Road banner. Lawrence Kasanoff is executive producing. Greg Russo penned the most recent draft.

Based on the classic ’90s arcade game, “Mortal Kombat” has generated numerous pop culture properties, including the best-selling video game in its franchise, “Mortal Kombat X.” The “Mortal Kombat” games are currently developed by NetherRealm Studios, owned by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, with a team led by co-creator and creative director Ed Boon.

Paul W.S. Anderson’s 1995 movie revolved around some of the game’s classic characters, like Liu Kang and Johnny Cage, who were invited to a tournament on a mysterious island only to find out that the fate of the world hung in the balance.
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Covert Media boards 'Resurface'

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Paul Hanson’s Los Angeles-based company has hired double Oscar-winning effects ace Paul Franklin to direct the first film greenlit under the partnership with Broken Road Productions.

Covert Media CEO Hanson is producing Resurface alongside Broken Road ProductionsTodd Garner, whose credits include Knight And Day and True Memoirs Of An International Assassin.

Pete Bridges wrote the action thriller about a scientist and an engineer trapped 35,000ft underwater after an earthquake separates them from their crew.

The project – the first from the two-year first-look deal – is currently in pre-production. Covert is fully financing the project and handles worldwide sales.

Covert’s Elissa Friedman, Media Content Capital’s Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine and Broken Road’s Sean Robins and Jeremy Stein serve as executive producers.

Franklin won Academy Awards for his work on Interstellar and Inception.

“We are excited to announce the first film in in our partnership with Covert Media,” said Garner
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‘Dark Knight’ VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin to Direct ‘Resurface’ (Exclusive)

Visual effects specialist Paul Franklin, who won Academy Awards for “Inception” and “Interstellar” and shot the “Dark Knight” trilogy, will direct the action-thriller “Resurface” with Covert Media financing.

Covert Media is also handling international sales, which will launch at next month’s American Film Market. Covert CEO Paul Hanson (“District 9”) is producing alongside Broken Road ProductionsTodd Garner.

Franklin will direct from a script by Pete Bridges in which a scientist and an engineer are trapped 35,000 feet underwater after an earthquake separates them from their crew. “Resurface” is the first project announced out of the two-year first look deal between Covert and Broken Road.

Executive producers are Covert’s Elissa Friedman; Media Content Capital’s Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine; and Broken Road’s Sean Robins and Jeremy Stein.

Franklin handled visual effcects all three Batman films for Christopher Nolan and was nominated for an Academy Award for “The Dark Knight.
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Pete Bridges on getting spec script The Fall picked up by Spielberg’s Amblin

Pete Bridges.

Last week, Steven Spielberg.s Amblin Entertainment announced it had closed a deal to develop The Fall, a thriller based on a spec script by Melbourne writer Pete Bridges. Set during an alien invasion, the story focuses on a newly divorced couple who must make their way on foot through downtown Atlanta to the suburbs where their young children are at home. It will be produced by Madhouse Entertainment's Adam Kolbrenner with Robyn Meisinger as executive producer. No director or cast is attached as yet. Bridge.s first script, Resurface made last year's Black List, with Broken Road producing.. If spoke with Bridges, who is represented by Verve, Madhouse and attorney Kim Stenton, about the Amblin deal, Resurface and his start in the industry.. If: How'd you get your start in the industry? Pb: I dropped out of high school in my final year and just started writing.
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Covert Media, Todd Garner strike pact

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Paul Hanson has signed a two-year, first look co-financing and co-production deal with the former Revolution Studios partner and producer of Knight And Day and the Paul Blart: Mall Cop franchise.

The Covert Media-Broken Road Productions pact is an important step in bolstering Covert’s standing in the marketplace and ties the company to a proven content provider. It is expected to generate two to four theatrically driven films a year, spanning various genres and budgets.

Covert Media will handle worldwide sales and is working with Garner and his colleagues Sean Robins and Jeremy Stein to package the first projects in time for Toronto. The parties expect to unveil the first titles in the coming weeks.

Garner called the partnership “a match made in heaven” while Hanson (pictured) hailed Garner’s “perfect eye for distinctive, commercial and quality films spanning a wide range of genres.”

Covert Media attended Cannes earlier this month and reported a strong
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Todd Garner’s Broken Road Partners With Covert Media

Todd Garner’s Broken Road Partners With Covert Media
Todd Garner’s Broken Road Productions has signed a two-year first-look deal with Covert Media covering co-financing and co-production.

Broken Road’s films have included the two “Paul Blart” movies for Sony, Tom Cruise’s “Knight and Day” and New Line’s disaster thriller “Into the Storm” during its 11-year history. The company had a long-term first-look deal with Sony that expired recently.

Covert was founded in August by financing veteran Paul Hanson, who is CEO. It announced earlier this month that it was financing “Ophelia” as a new take on “Hamlet” with “Star Wars: Force Awakens” standout Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts in final negotiations to star.

The alliance is expecting to collaborate on two to four films per year. The companies said the deal will cover a wide range of genres and budgets, reflecting the expertise of the Broken Road team, which includes Garner, Sean Robins and Jeremy Stein.
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Need For Speed Director Scott Waugh To Helm New Thriller Blackout

Scott Waugh’s Need For Speed movie may not have lit up the box office in the way DreamWorks, Aaron Paul or even the director himself would have hoped in 2014 – succumbing to the age-old video-game-to-movie curse that has lingered over Hollywood for a generation – but Waugh has dusted himself off and has now emerged to direct a new thriller for Sierra/Affinity, titled Blackout.

Written by Sidney King with Brooks McLaren providing some final touch ups, Waugh’s latest foray behind the camera will involve high-speed pursuits and tense shootouts. It’s a darker, slightly edgier vehicle than Need for Speed – no pun intended – telling the tale of a do-gooder cop tasked with transporting an ominous criminal across the city. It is, for all intents and purposes, a routine trip that the yet-to-be-cast protagonist could do without thinking, but when a power outage thrusts the entire area into a seemingly perpetual Blackout,
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‘Need for Speed’ Director Scott Waugh to Helm Action Thriller ‘Blackout’

‘Need for Speed’ Director Scott Waugh to Helm Action Thriller ‘Blackout’
Scott Waugh will be directing the action thriller “Blackout.”

The film, written by Sidney King with revisions by Brooks McLaren, follows a cop who’s tasked with transporting a mysterious and dangerous criminal across town. He’s put to the ultimate test when a city-wide blackout plunges them into chaos.

Sierra/Affinity is both financing and producing “Blackout,” while Broken Road’s Todd Garner and Jeremy Stein will produce. McLaren is co-producing, and Sierra/Affinity’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg are executive producing.

Kelly McCormick, Sierra/Affinity’s exec VP of production and development, is overseeing the production for the company.

Waugh’s past credits include “Need for Speed” and “Act of Valor.” He is repped by Wme, who is overseeing the rights.

King is represented by UTA and Industry Entertainment. McLaren is represented by Verve Talent, Literary Agency and manager George Heller.
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Scott Waugh Tapped To Direct Action Thriller ‘Blackout’

Scott Waugh Tapped To Direct Action Thriller ‘Blackout’
Act Of Valor and Need For Speed director Scott Waugh has become attached to helm Blackout, an action thriller to be financed and produced by Sierra/Affinity. Broken Road's Todd Garner and Jeremy Stein are producing the pic, and Sierra/Affinity's Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg are executive producing. The script by Sidney King (with revisions by Brooks McLaren) centers on a cop tasked with transporting a mysterious and dangerous criminal across town who is put to the test…
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New Line Sets Greg Russo To Script Hurricane Pic ‘Category 6′

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New Line Sets Greg Russo To Script Hurricane Pic ‘Category 6′
Exclusive: Looking for a second wind after last year’s Into The Storm, New Line has set Greg Russo to script Category 6, a natural-disaster pic about a massive coastal hurricane that Broken Road’s Todd Garner will oversee.

Russo’s scripting It Takes A Thief for Universal and producers John Davis and Joseph Singer, and has the hourlong drama pilot Chop Shop at Fbc with Chris Morgan producing. He scripted Heatseekers for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dune at Paramount. New Line’s Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter will oversee for New Line, along with Broken Road exec Jeremy Stein. The scribe is repped by ICM Partners, Madhouse Entertainment and attorney Larry Kopeikin.
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