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Sony picks up Robotech movie rights, looking to fast track into production

20 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last month it was revealed that the long-gestating big screen adaptation of Robotech had secured a screenwriter in Michael Gordon (300, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), and now comes word that Sony has picked up the rights to the project and is looking to launch a potential franchise.

Variety is reporting that the studio is looking to fast track the live-action feature and views the property as having the necessary appeal to launch a blockbuster series with an “Independence Day meets Star Wars vibe”.

Robotech is unique in that it has always been a marriage of spectacle with human characters that seem drawn from life,” said Columbia Pictures Production Chief Michael De Luca. “That’s why we are so excited to be working with Mark and Gianni as we move forward on this project. With a history that offers an epic love triangle, a renegade hero, and a world on the brink of extinction, »

- Gary Collinson

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Sony pounces on 'Robotech' property

25 March 2015 8:40 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In a double whammy of announcements on Tuesday, Sony Pictures has snapped up rights to the sci-fi anime and set a 2017 release date for its third Smurfs film.

300 creators Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton will produce for the studio, which snapped up rights once they became available.

The Robotech property had initially been set up at Warner Bros for Tobey Maguire and Akiva Goldsman to produce.

Doug Belgrad, Michael De Luca and Matthew Milam will oversee the potential franchise for Sony.

Robotech reached peak popularity as a 1980s TV show. Frank Agrama of Harmony Gold, the original intellectual property rights holder, will serve as executive producer with Michael Gordon and Jehan Agrama.

Meanwhile Untitled Animated Smurfs will open on March 31 2017. Kelly Asbury will direct and Jordan Kerner produces. The final title and new voice cast are expected to be announced in the coming months. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Universal Takes New Direction for 'Darker,' 'Fifty Shades' Sequel

25 March 2015 6:38 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Universal is raising glasses of champagne to celebrate the grosses of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which has totaled  $164 million domestic and $558 million worldwide.In an all-too familiar pattern, the first film's director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, is not returning for the sequel. This is not news; she was open about her tussles with author E.L. James on the direction of the movie adaptation. Taylor-Johnson has established herself as a director of a commercial hit and is fielding plenty of offers. Universal is seeking a new writer to replace Kelly Marcel--James herself is under consideration, reports Variety-- as well as a new director for the sequel. One producer, Michael De Luca, is now running production at Sony. The other, Dana Brunetti, has been holding off his returning stars' demands for substantial salary boosts. Universal motion picture chairman Donna Langley has been running the show on this franchise. It seems premature to imagine what schedule this movie. »

- Anne Thompson

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Robotech Movie Moves From WB To Sony

25 March 2015 5:49 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Variety has reported that the live-action Robotech movie has shifted gears and is now housed at Sony Pictures.  Previously in development at Warner Bros. and rumored to have such household names as Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire attached at one point or another, the film suprinsingly never gained much traction at WB.  Now, Sony has acquired the rights and is moving the project forward with a script from Michael Gordon (300, GI Joe).  According to the film's producers, Sony had an eye on the project for quite some time and jumped when they became available.  Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton are serving as executive producers with Sony exuctives Doug Belgrad, Michael De Luca and Matthew Milam shephereding the project which has been fast tracked.  Related Content: Robotech Kickstarter Launched Leonardo DiCaprio Passed On 'Star Wars: Episode VII' For 'Robotech' ?       »

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'Robotech' Live-Action Movie on Fast Track at Sony

25 March 2015 5:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in February, we reported that Warner Bros.' Robotech is getting back on the right track, with screenwriter Michael Gordon coming aboard to write the script and Hollywood Gang's Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton set to produce. Variety now reports that, while the screenwriters and producers are still in place, the live-action project is now moving forward at Sony Pictures, with the studio planning a franchise. The studio will start production soon as the project goes on the fast track, although a director has not been attached yet. Our report from February indicated that Warner Bros.' top choice to direct was Andres Muschietti, but it isn't known if he is involved now.

The project is based on the 1980s Robotech animated TV series, which is set in world where humanity has developed massive robots from the technology found in an alien ship that crash landed on Earth. The »

- MovieWeb

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Robotech Movie Heads to Fast Track at Sony

25 March 2015 5:11 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Back in February we reported that Hollywood Gang, a production company on the Warner Bros. lot run by Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari had obtained the rights to the long-in-development Robotech movie and wanted Mama‘s Andy Muschietti to develop (and perhaps direct) the film. At the time I was guessing that Robotech would stay at Warner Bros. but now Deadline is reporting that the film has moved to Sony and is now on the fast track there since they see it as a potential franchise. Doug Belgrad, Michael De Luca and Matthew Milam will shepherd the Robotech movie at the studio. De Luca commented: "Robotech is unique in that it has always been a marriage of spectacle with human characters that seem drawn from life. That’s why we are so excited to be working with Mark and Gianni as we move forward on this project.  With a history »

- Evan Dickson

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Sony Assembles 1980s Sci-Fi Anime ‘Robotech'; Idris Elba Eyed For ‘Star Trek 3′

25 March 2015 4:47 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

1980s sci-fi anime series Robotech is being fast-tracked for the big screen by Sony. The studio acquired rights to the toon with an eye on developing it as a worldwide franchise. Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton are producing from Michael Gordon’s script.  Doug Belgrad, Michael De Luca and Matthew Milam are overseeing. Our sister publication Variety got there first on this one.  Said De Luca: "Robotech is unique in that it has always been a marriage of spectacle with human… »

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Unrated Trailer Teases Alternate Ending

24 March 2015 7:33 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The story of a searing love affair between a na&#239ve college student and a billionaire entrepreneur, Fifty Shades of Grey, will have women worldwide planning a special Friday night in when the provocative love story comes home for the first time. &#160Fans of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele will be able to have the ultimate at-home movie experience when Fifty Shades of Grey, the global phenomenon that grossed more than $500 million globally, comes to Digital HD Friday, May 1, 2015 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Friday, May 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on E.L. James' best-selling novel, the Blu-ray and Digital HD include an exclusive unrated version that features a never-before-seen alternate ending along with almost two hours of all-new bonus features that go behind the scenes of this year's hottest romance. A trailer has been released for the Unrated Edition, which teases this new ending.

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Fifty Shades Of Grey On Digital HD May 1 and Blu-ray, On Demand May 8

24 March 2015 6:12 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The story of a searing love affair between a naïve college student and a billionaire entrepreneur, Fifty Shades of Grey, will have women worldwide planning a special Friday night in when the provocative love story comes home for the first time.

Fans of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele will be able to have the ultimate at-home movie experience when Fifty Shades of Grey, the global phenomenon that grossed more than $500 million globally, comes to Digital HD Friday, May 1, 2015 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Friday, May 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Based on E. L. James’ best-selling novel, the Blu-ray and Digital HD include an exclusive unrated version that features a never-before-seen alternate ending along with almost two hours of all-new bonus features that go behind the scenes of this year’s hottest romance.

Shy and unassuming literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds her life forever altered when she »

- Michelle McCue

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Carole King Musical Heading to the Big Screen

23 March 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The musical about the life of Carole King, featuring many of the songwriting legend's most famous tracks, is already a hit on Broadway, and after conquering the Great White Way and London's West End, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is heading to Hollywood for a big screen makeover. Sony Pictures announced plans to turn King's stage show into a film, a decision made easier considering the company's publishing arm Sony/Atv owns the musical rights to most of Beautiful's songs, the New York Times reports.

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Sony to adapt Tony winner 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical'

22 March 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hit musical will be adapted by Douglas McGrath, who also wrote the musical’s book.

Sony Pictures Entertainment will adapt the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical into a feature film.

The musical will be adapted by Douglas McGrath, who also wrote the musical’s book, and the film will be produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, who will produce through their Playtone banner, and Paul Blake who also produced the stage show.

Sherry Kondor and Christine Russell will executive produce.

Michael De Luca, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group president of production, commented: “Theatrical audiences both on Broadway and in the West End have responded to Beautiful not only to relive Carole King’s timeless classics, but to experience the ways they illustrate her triumphant and joyful life story. We’re thrilled to be bringing this inspiring and powerful musical to movie audiences everywhere.”

Sony Pictures has obtained the rights to use »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Tom Hanks co-producing movie version of Carole King musical Beautiful

22 March 2015 12:54 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A movie adaptation of Carole King musical Beautiful has been announced.

Tom Hanks will co-produce the project with Gary Goetzman and Paul Blake, the lead producer of the Broadway hit, according to Broadway World.

The film will be based on the hit Broadway and West End musical, which tells the story of 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' singer King.

The musical charts the star's rise to fame, as well as her professional and personal partnership with Gerry Goffin and friendly rivalry with Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann.

Douglas McGarth, who wrote the book for the musical, will create the film's screenplay.

Beautiful first debuted on Broadway in January 2014, and opened in the West End earlier this year.

The musical recently extended its London run up until February 13, 2016.

Sony's Michael DeLuca said: "Theatrical audiences both on Broadway and in the West End have responded to Beautiful - not only to »

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‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ to Get Movie Treatment at Sony

22 March 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed a deal to adapt the Tony Award-winning Broadway smash “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” into a feature film, the studio said Sunday. The hit show will be adapted by Douglas McGrath, who is also the writer of the musical’s book. The film will be produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, who will produce through their Playtone banner, and Paul Blake, who also produced the stage show. Sherry Kondor and Christine Russell will executive produce. Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group president Doug Belgrad and Michael De Luca, who serves as the studio’s president of production with Hannah. »

- Todd Cunningham

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Sony to Produce Film Version of Carole King Broadway Musical 'Beautiful'

22 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sony Pictures is planning a film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Tom Hanks and his producing partner Gary Goetzman will produce through their Playtone banner along with Paul Blake, the lead producer on Broadway. The project was announced today by Doug Belgrad, Spe Motion Picture Group president, and Michael De Luca, who serves as president of production along with Hannah Minghella. De Luca commented, "Theatrical audiences both on Broadway and in the West End have responded to Beautiful, not only to relive Carole King's timeless classics, but to experience the ways they illustrate her triumphant and joyful life story.

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- Gregg Kilday

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Fifty Shades of Grey Producer Has No Sympathy for Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson Wanting Major Raises

20 March 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Do Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson deserve seven-figure raises for Fifty Shades Darker? Dana Brunetti, who produced the movie with Michael De Luca and novelist E. L. James, isn't so sure. "Look, when I was starting out and had to cut my teeth and build my résumé to get in, I had to basically work for free on a lot of things. I still take reductions in my fees for the opportunities to do certain things. We got slack on Captain Phillips about how much Barkhad [Abdi] and those guys got paid. Look at Jonah Hill in Wolf of Wall Street. It was great for his career," he explains. "So I'm not going to cry for anybody who wants to be in this business just because a thing they were involved in did very well »

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'Blue Thunder' Remake Will Be a Drone Thriller

17 March 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Columbia Pictures is set to remake the 1983 action thriller Blue Thunder, only this time instead of a tricked-out hi-tech helicopter, the story will revolve around a more advanced piece of surveillance weaponry with a state-of-the-art Drone at the center of the action. Marvel Studios executive and writer Craig Kyle (Thor) is updating the screenplay, with Fifty Shades of Grey's Dana Brunetti set to produce. The movie will reunite Brunetti with Fifty Shades producer Michael De Luca, who is now president of production at Columbia, and will oversee the project.

The Sony-based studio Escape Artists were simultaneously developing their own take on the material, but will now join this remake as a producer. The new version of the story is said to be 'timely', as it will explore the exploding use of drone technology in our society, both privately and in government sectors. This is just one of many Drone movies heading our way soon. »

- MovieWeb

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'Social Network' Producer Developing a Remake of 'Blue Thunder'

17 March 2015 3:47 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, producer Dana Brunetti, who was also behind The Social Network, is looking to bring a remake to the big screen next. THR reports Columbia Pictures is developing a remake of Blue Thunder, an action thriller from 1983 about a Los Angeles police pilot (Roy Scheider) tasked with learning to fly a new specially modified helicopter called Blue Thunder meant for police work, armed and designed to counter street insurgencies. But soon he learns there may be more to this advanced helicopter than meets the eye. But the new version will involve the world's most advanced drone instead. Brunetti is producing the film by way of his Trigger Street Productions with Marvel Studios executive and writer Craig Kyle writing the script. It's no coincidence that this project is getting set up at Columbia Pictures since Michael De Luca helped Brunetti produce Fifty Shades of Grey »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Blue Thunder' Remake Kicks Off Drone-Themed Film Frenzy (Exclusive)

17 March 2015 10:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Columbia Pictures is bringing a remake of the 1983 action thriller Blue Thunder to the big screen. But this time, the airborne surveillance weapon will be a world's most advanced drone instead of a tricked out helicopter. Craig Kyle, a former Marvel Studios executive and writer, will pen a modern-day take on the film that starred Roy Scheider. Dana Brunetti, hot off the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, is producing Blue Thunder for his Trigger Street Productions. The move reunites Brunetti with his Fifty Shades producer Michael De Luca, who is now president of production at the studio

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- Tatiana Siegel

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Marc Evans Named Paramount Motion Picture Group President

16 March 2015 1:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marc Evans has been named president of Paramount’s Motion Picture Group, where he will be tasked with increasing the studio’s output of feature film releases.

He replaces ousted motion picture group head Adam Goodman, who was pushed out in February because of strained relationships with top talent agencies, according to insiders. Goodman had a year remaining on his contract and was offered a production deal with the studio as part of an exit package.

Evans, a 12-year veteran of the studio, most recently served as president of production. He will assume the new position immediately and will report to Paramount chairman-ceo Brad Grey.

Evans’ ascension was not assured, and the studio did reach out to other executives and producers across Hollywood before making its choice, but because of his popularity on the Paramount lot and his relationships with Grey and vice chairman Rob Moore, many insiders expected him »

- Brent Lang

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Matt Tolmach, Kurt Johnstad Sell Untitled Sci-Fi Pitch to Sony (Exclusive)

9 March 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Amazing Spider-Man” producer Matt Tolmach and “Aquaman” scribe Kurt Johnstad have sold an untitled pitch to Sony Pictures based on an original idea from Johnstad.

The plot details are being kept under wraps, with insiders describing the super-secret concept only as a big sci-fi action idea. The hope is that the project can turn into a potential franchise.

Tolmach would produce through his production banner, with Johnstad penning the script.

Tolmach’s executive VP of production, David Manpearl, brought the pitch to Tolmach who, like so many producers in town, wanted to work with Johnstad following his success on “Act of Valor” and “300: Rise of an Empire.” The two then took the pitch to Columbia Pictures president of production Michael De Luca and senior VP of production Jonathan Kadin, who were so excited by the idea that they bought the pitch in the room.

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- Justin Kroll

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