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Sony, Barry Josephson Developing ‘Breaking Sky’ Movie Based on Ya Book (Exclusive)

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Sony Pictures has acquired the movie rights to Cori McCarthy’s forthcoming novel “Breaking Sky,” which will be produced by Barry Josephson (“Bones”), TheWrap has learned. Set in the year 2048 with America locked in a cold war, “Breaking Sky” follows Chase Harcourt (call sign “Nyx”), who’s one of only two daredevil pilots chosen to fly an experimental “Streaker” jet, which serves as the country’s best hope of victory. Also Read: Chloe Moretz to Star in Ya Adaptation ‘The 5th Wave’ for Sony (Exclusive) Sony executives Michael De Luca and Eric Fineman will oversee the project for the studio, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Sony, Immersive Plan New Film Slate

26 February 2015 5:15 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sony Pictures and Immersive Pictures have announced that the companies have begun a two-year first-look deal and have five projects currently in the works. Immersive, run by Josh Bratman who previously worked under Sony's current president of production Michael De Luca, will develop the films which Sony will help produce and distribute should they go forward.

The five films consist of three graphic novel and two novel adaptations. Comics that are becoming films include "World War Z" author Max Brooks' "The Harlem Hellfighters," Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s "Descender," and Scott McCloud's "The Sculptor" with Scott Rudin producing the latter.

One of the novels is "The Black Count," an adaptation of Tom Reiss' biography of General Alex Dumas who was father to famed "Three Musketeers" and "Count of Monte Cristo" author Alexandre Dumas. "Jane Eyre" and "True Detective" helmer Cary Fukunaga is attached to direct that film. »

- Garth Franklin

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Sony and Immersive Team Up for Diverse 5 Movie Slate

25 February 2015 4:55 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has entered into a two-year, first-look deal with Josh Bratman's Immersive Pictures, it was announced today by Michael De Luca and Hannah Minghella, presidents of Production for Columbia Pictures. In the deal, Bratman is developing and will produce a number of films for the studio. Here's what Michael De Luca and Hannah Minghella had to say in a joint statement.

"Josh has been an important part of the Sony Pictures family for many years. This deal just cements that fact. He's an incredibly skilled producer, capable of the best work on many different kinds of films. We're thrilled that we'll be keeping him in-house as he continues to work on some of our most important development projects."

Here are the projects that Josh Bratman will develop for Sony through his Immersive Pictures company.

The Harlem Hellfighters, based on the bestselling graphic novel by Max Brooks (the »

- MovieWeb

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Sony and Immersive Team Up for Diverse 5 Movie Slate

25 February 2015 4:55 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has entered into a two-year, first-look deal with Josh Bratman's Immersive Pictures, it was announced today by Michael De Luca and Hannah Minghella, presidents of Production for Columbia Pictures. In the deal, Bratman is developing and will produce a number of films for the studio. Here's what Michael De Luca and Hannah Minghella had to say in a joint statement.

"Josh has been an important part of the Sony Pictures family for many years. This deal just cements that fact. He's an incredibly skilled producer, capable of the best work on many different kinds of films. We're thrilled that we'll be keeping him in-house as he continues to work on some of our most important development projects."

Here are the projects that Josh Bratman will develop for Sony through his Immersive Pictures company.

The Harlem Hellfighters, based on the bestselling graphic novel by Max Brooks (the »

- MovieWeb

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Star Trek 3’s Patrick McKay And J.D. Payne To Rewrite Santa Claus Movie Winter’s Knight

25 February 2015 2:40 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Things are getting festive for Star Trek 3 scribes Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, as Deadline reports that the duo has been earmarked for another high-profile project. Currently on the fast track, Winter’s Knight is being rushed into development, hence the need for a sparkly new rewrite on the script. If McKay and Payne commit, then the studio plans to entice Joachin Ronning and Espen Sandberg into the director’s chair(s) once they complete work on Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Dubbed a “Viking-mythology-tinged origin story of St. Nick and Christmas,” Winter’s Knight is based on Wizard Of Oz author L. Frank Baum’s 1902 book, The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus. The original script – penned by Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton – was sold in after heated bidding frenzy for a gigantic $1 million dollars.

The steep price of the auction was thought to »

- Gem Seddon

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Another Producer Joins the Growing Sony Family

25 February 2015 2:27 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Things are looking up at Sony. Two producers with great taste, ex-Sony chief Amy Pascal and ex-Warners boss Jeff Robinov, will make big-budget movies for their respective labels, while ex-Fox head Tom Rothman, who also knows a good movie when he sees one, will run the movie studio. For the moment, Sony's in-house production label Columbia is being run by Doug Belgrad, with ex-Sony lot producer Michael De Luca working with Hannah Minghella as co-presidents of production. Expect both Pascal and De Luca to work with powerful New York producer and literary tastemonger Scott Rudin, who will no longer be working on "Cleopatra" with Angelina Jolie, but is pursuing a reboot of the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" franchise without free-spending David Fincher. Rumors are running rampant about casting, but I hear a deal is imminent. Rooney Mara was tight with Fincher, but she must have a contract. Now De »

- Anne Thompson

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Sony Makes First-Look Deal With Josh Bratman’s Immersive Pictures

25 February 2015 1:00 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has entered into a two-year, first-look deal with Josh Bratman's Immersive Pictures. This comes after the Sylvain Neuvel novel adaptation The Themis Files landed David Keopp to write the script. Bratman is producing that with Matt Tolmach. The first look deal was made by production presidents Michael DeLuca and Hannah Minghella. They called Bratman “an incredibly skilled producer, capable of the best work on many different kinds of films. We're… »

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Sony Signs Josh Bratman’s Immersive Pictures to Two-Year First Look Deal

25 February 2015 1:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Producer Josh Bratman and his Immersive Pictures banner have entered into a two-year first look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio announced Wednesday. “Josh has been an important part of the Sony Pictures family for many years,” said Columbia Pictures Presidents of Production Michael DeLuca and Hannah Minghella in a joint statement. “This deal just cements that fact,” the statement continued. “He’s an incredibly skilled producer, capable of the best work on many different kinds of films. We’re thrilled that we’ll be keeping him in-house as he continues to work on some of our most important development projects. »

- Linda Ge

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Tom Rothman’s Top Priorities at Sony: Cut Costs, Make Peace

25 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment endured a corporate tsunami last winter on the scale that few Hollywood players have ever faced, after its inner workings were laid bare by hackers.

By picking Tom Rothman, 60, an exec who approaches business and life with hurricane-force intensity, to run the studio, Sony’s leadership is unleashing another round of disruption in Culver City.

The surprise appointment by Spe chief executive Michael Lynton is intended to forsake the status quo, rein in costs and create more movie franchises to compete with rival studios. Rothman’s elevation is also expected to roil Sony’s executive suite and on-lot producers, and could potentially strain relations with some top talent.

The safe bet in the days leading up to Rothman’s ascension was that Sony would tap Doug Belgrad, the well-liked motion picture group president, to succeed ousted studio chief Amy Pascal. But Rothman’s prior experience co-running Fox Filmed Entertainment, »

- Brent Lang and James Rainey

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Giveaway – Win Fifty Shades Of Grey Soundtrack

24 February 2015 7:59 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Who would like to win a copy of the Fifty Shades of Grey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Republic Records?

It includes 16 tracks from legends and superstars such as The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Beyoncé, and Annie Lennox as well as new and previously unreleased material from The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Skylar Grey, Jessie Ware, and more.

The Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ film, was released in theaters February 13, 2015.

You can order the soundtrack now from any of the digital partners and receive an immediate download of “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” from The Weeknd and Sia’s “Salted Wound.”  Fifty Shades of Grey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released in stores and on all digital partners on February 10th.

Order the soundtrack Here.

“Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” from The Weeknd has already neared 5 million YouTube/Vevo views since premiering at the end of December.  You can »

- Movie Geeks

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Tom Rothman on New Sony Pictures Job: ‘I Love a Challenge’

24 February 2015 5:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Rothman takes over Sony Pictures as the studio is trying to revitalize and relaunch key franchises such as “Ghostbusters” and “Spider-Man.”

It’s an experience that the former Fox Filmed Entertainment chief is familiar with, because when he assumed leadership at that studio in 2000, it had yet to mount many of its biggest series and reboots, such as “X-Men” and “Planet of the Apes.”

His ability to replenish Fox’s blockbuster cupboard, as well as his ties to A-list talent such as Ang Lee, George Clooney and Jodie Foster, is a major reason he was selected to run Sony over such potential candidates as production chief Michael De Luca and motion picture group president Doug Belgrad, according to individuals with knowledge.

“Every studio needs franchises,” Rothman told Variety. “That was the case when we took over at Fox and that took time to build it up and it will take time here. »

- Brent Lang

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Favorite Doug Belgrad, Michael De Luca Passed Over for Sony Job

24 February 2015 10:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony chief executive Michael Lynton’s announcement that Tom Rothman would succeed Amy Pascal at the top of Sony Pictures Entertainment caught many by surprise throughout Hollywood and at the Culver City studio, where the betting money had been on the ascension of Doug Belgrad.

Belgrad had been seen as a front-runner for the job, not only because he was Pascal’s top deputy but because the onetime securities analyst offered a combination of financial acumen and a steady management style that won him many allies, both on the lot and among the studio’s producing partners.

Belgrad has been with Sony for more than 25 years. Besides his management skills, he offered an additional plus, given recent tumult inside Sony: He rose to the studio’s top ranks without exhibiting the sort of explosive personality that ultimately doomed his predecessor and onetime boss, Amy Pascal, and that has sometimes been attributed to Rothman. »

- James Rainey

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Tom Rothman To Be Named Head Of Sony Motion Picture Group (Exclusive)

24 February 2015 9:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures plans to name Tom Rothman head of its motion picture group this morning in a surprise move that follows the ouster of Amy Pascal as co-chair of the Culver City-based studio.

Rothman has been leading Sony’s TriStar Productions since 2013, having previously served as chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment for 12 years alongside Jim Gianopulos.

To nab the top job, Rothman beat out Doug Belgrad, Pascal’s former number two and the president of Spe’s motion picture group, and Michael De Luca, Sony president of production. Both men are expected to remain with the company in their current jobs, according to two individuals with knowledge of the situation.

Rothman’s appointment could ruffle some feathers at Sony’s Culver City lot. At Fox, Rothman was known for keeping costs in check and for his hands-on management style with major productions. However, he also has a prickly »

- James Rainey

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6 Oscar Connections With Movies Now Playing in Theaters

22 February 2015 1:23 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

1. "Fifty Shades of Gray" has as one of its editors the legendary Anne V. Coates, 89 years old and Oscar editing winner for "Lawrence of Arabia," and counts among its producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti ("The Social Network" and "Captain Phillips").  2. "Kingsman: The Secret Service" stars Colin Firth, in his first big general audience hit since his  2011 Best Actor victory for "The King's Speech." 3. "McFarland, U.S.A." stars Oscar-winner Kevin Costner ("Dances with Wolves"), with Indie Spirit winner Niki Caro ("The Whale Rider") directing.  4. "The Duff" is the first feature from director Ari Sandel, whose "West Bank Story" won live-action short eight years ago.  5. "Jupiter Ascending" has among its producers Grant Hill (nominee for Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" and "The »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Matt Milam Joins Sony Pictures as VP of Creative Production

20 February 2015 4:25 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures has tapped Matt Milam as VP of creative production.

Milam comes to Sony from Skydance, where he served as VP of production; before that he was with Warner Bros.

“We are tremendously excited about Matt joining the Columbia team,” said Michael De Luca, president of production. “We’ve followed his career from Warners to Skydance and have been utterly impressed with both his talent and his taste.”

At Skydance, Milam most recently worked on the Dean Devlin project “Geostorm” and, during his time at WB, he worked on projects that included “Clash of the Titans,” “Wrath of the Titans,” “Terminator Salvation” and “The Informant!”

Prior to Warner Bros., Milam acted as creative exec at Mandate Pictures, helping oversee “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay,” “The Grudge 2″ and “30 Days of Night.” He received co-producer credit on “Boogeyman 2,” for which he oversaw the development, production and post-production. »

- Justin Kroll

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Sony, Jaume Collet-Serra Put ‘Sniper Elite’ In Cross Hairs; Sheldon Turner To Adapt Novel By ‘American Sniper’ Co-Author

20 February 2015 4:09 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: In a last bit of business before Oscar weekend, Sony Pictures is close to closing a preemptive package that will have Sheldon Turner adapting and Jaume Collet-Serra directing a drama based on Sniper Elite, a series of novels written by Scott McEwen, who with Chris Kyle and Jim DeFelice wrote the bestseller American Sniper. This was sold in a pitch heard by Sony’s Michael De Luca and Ange Giannetti, who’ll steer the project. It’s a high-six against seven-figure… »

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Sony Pictures Hires Skydance Executive Matthew Milam as VP of Creative Production

20 February 2015 4:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Matthew Milam is joining Sony Pictures as VP of creative production. He previously served as VP of production at Skydance Productions, where he recently worked on the Gerard Butler movie “Geostorm.” Milam will report to Michael De Luca and Hannah Minghella, who serve as co-presidents of production at Columbia Pictures. Also Read: ‘Rush’ Star Alexandra Maria Lara Joins Gerard Butler in ‘Geostorm’ (Exclusive) “We are tremendously excited about Matt joining the Columbia team. We’ve followed his career from Warners to Skydance and have been utterly impressed with both his talent and his taste,” De Luca and Minghella said in a joint statement. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Which State Has the Most Fifty Shades Fans? The Answer May Surprise You

18 February 2015 4:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's time to get kinky, y'all! The blockbuster film Fifty Shades of Grey heated up box offices across the U.S. - and got some extra action in the South and the Heartland! Which states have the kinkiest moviegoers? The online ticket platform Fandango analyzed its pre-sales history state-by-state, discovering that Fifty Shades of Grey sold dramatically better than average in Southern and Midwestern states including North Dakota, South Carolina, Iowa, Tennessee and Louisiana. The Top 5: Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas and, the number one hot-seller state, Mississippi, which showed a pre-sale number nearly four times the amount expected! »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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Which State Has the Most Fifty Shades Fans? The Answer May Surprise You

18 February 2015 4:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's time to get kinky, y'all! The blockbuster film Fifty Shades of Grey heated up box offices across the U.S. - and got some extra action in the South and the Heartland! Which states have the kinkiest moviegoers? The online ticket platform Fandango analyzed its pre-sales history state-by-state, discovering that Fifty Shades of Grey sold dramatically better than average in Southern and Midwestern states including North Dakota, South Carolina, Iowa, Tennessee and Louisiana. The Top 5: Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas and, the number one hot-seller state, Mississippi, which showed a pre-sale number nearly four times the amount expected! »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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Ron Howard Directing Tom Hanks As Robert Langdon in Inferno

17 February 2015 3:23 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world’s most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures‘ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date.

The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April.

I’m excited to exclusively announce the cast of #InfernoMovie! Check them out here: http://t.co/sx6gTueRe2

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) February 17, 2015

The project’s executive producers are Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David Householter.

Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a »

- Michelle McCue

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