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• Tommy Lee Jones is joining Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Criminal. Ariel Vromen is directing the thriller from Millenium Films, which tells the story of a prison inmate who is implanted with a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills with the hope that he will stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a neuroscientist who transplants said intelligence. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script. Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, and Matt O’Toole will produce. [THR]
- C. Molly Smith
The films centers on a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets and skills that are implanted into a prisoner to help him stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a doctor.
Producers are Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Jake Weiner and Matt O’Toole. Exec producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, Christine Crowe and Jason Bloom.
- Dave McNary
Tommy Lee Jones is joining Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Criminal, a thriller from Millennium Films. Ariel Vromen, who wrote and directed The Iceman, is helming the project, which centers on a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills that are implanted into a dangerous prison inmate in hopes that he will stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a neuroscientist who transplants the memories. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script. Producing are Chris Bender, J.C. Spink and Matt O'Toole. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Mark Gill, John Thompson, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Christine Crowe,
- Borys Kit
Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones has signed on to join Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Ariel Vromen's thriller “Criminal,” an individual familiar with the Millennium Films project has told TheWrap. “Criminal” follows a dangerous prison inmate who has a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills implanted into him in hopes he'll stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a character named Dr. Frank. Vromen (“The Iceman”) will direct from a script by Douglas Cook and David Weisberg. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are producing with Matt O'Toole, while executive producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, »
- Jeff Sneider
As Comic-Con 2014 kicks off in San Diego, Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) announces three new deals that will bolster Ucp’s genre library and are sure to generate excitement among both comic book and horror enthusiasts. Read on for the details!
From the Press Release:
Ucp has signed award-winning graphic novel writer Warren Ellis (New York Times best-seller Gun Machine and Iron Man: Extremis, the Marvel Comics graphic novel and basis for Iron Man 3) to develop Ellis’ first original TV series in collaboration with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment (“The Walking Dead,” Terminator).
Additionally, Ucp and Idw Entertainment have optioned the horror comic book Night Mary with the intent to co-develop it as a live action TV series. Ucp has also optioned the Kickstarter-funded breakout hit Five Ghosts, written by Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham, from Black Mask Studios to develop it as an original TV series.
“We love genre at Ucp, »
- Debi Moore
The film centers on a dead CIA agent's memory banks, secrets and particular skill-sets that are implanted into a dangerous prisoner to hopefully stop an evil plot. If the deal comes together, Gary Oldman will portray the CIA chief.
The Iceman director Ariel Vroman will be helming the project from a script written by Douglas Cook and David Weisberg. Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Kevin King, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman and Jason Bloom are producing.
Ashton Kutcher’s 2004 movie The Butterfly Effect is still making ripples a decade later: The production company Benderspink filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming that it’s still owed shares of the film’s profits. The suit names FilmEngine, Highwire, Roulette, and Rhulen as the “interrelated film production companies” involved in the matter, THR reports.
According to the claim, Benderspink—run by Chris Bender and J.C. Spink—entered an agreement with FilmEngine in 2003; the companies were to distribute 50 percent of the sci-fi thriller’s net profits to Benderspink.
However, the suit states that “for years the Defendants repeatedly assured Benderspink that »
- Ray Rahman
Production company Benderspink filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming it is owed profit shares from the 2004 Ashton Kutcher thriller, The Butterfly Effect. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Named in the lawsuit that was filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court were FilmEngine, Highwire, Roulette and Rhulen, which are described as "interrelated film production companies." Read the full complaint here. It claims that in 2003, Benderspink — which is run by Chris Bender and J.C. Spink — and FilmEngine entered into a written memorandum to produce the sci-fi drama, that also starred Amy Smart and Eric Stoltz. Photos 'Pulp Fiction,'
- Debbie Emery
Costner would play a ruthless killer who rather than spend the rest of his life in jail, chooses to be the subject of a medical experiment in which the brain of a recently murdered field operative is implanted in his head.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
As if one barmy high concept flick wasn’t enough, Kevin Costner looks likely to star in the sci-fi-tinged Criminal from director Ariel Vromen. The leading man of 3 Days To Kill could soon be seen as a murderer who takes part in a radical experiment to avoid prison. What will get him out of those potentially awkward soap-fetching situations? Why, having his brain replaced with that of a freshly-slain field operative of course!
The flatly-named script is by Douglas Cook and David Weisberg and amongst the producers are Chris Bender and J.C. Spink, who most recently brought us We’Re The Millers and horror comedy Zombeavers (think zombies, then beavers… Zom-Beavers!). Their eclectic involvement doesn’t give much clue as to the tone of the new film, but Vromen helmed The Iceman, which indicates a certain level of straight-facedness. And in Costner the team may have found the perfect candidate »
- Steve Palace
Kevin Costner is in negotiations to headline Millennium Films’ sci-fi thriller “Criminal,” an individual close to the production has confirmed to TheWrap. Ariel Vromen (“The Iceman”) is directing. Costner will play a dangerous and unpredictable criminal who finds himself in unfamiliar territory when a dead CIA operative's skills, secrets and memories are implanted into his brain, with the government agency hoping that he will finish the mission for them. See also: Kevin Costner to Receive CinemaCon Icon Award Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Jason Bloom, Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Mark Gill are exec producing, with Jc Spink, Chris Bender, »
- Linda Ge
Kevin Costner isn’t done showing off his edgier side, as he is in negotiations to star in Millennium Entertainment and Nu Image Films’ “Criminal,” which “The Iceman” helmer Ariel Vromen is on board to direct.
Jc Spink, Chris Bender Jake Weiner and Kevin King are producing. Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Jason Bloom, Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and Mark Gill are exec produce. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg are writing the script, which revolves around a ruthless killer who, rather than spend the rest of his life in jail, chooses to be used in a medical experiment in which the brain of a recently murdered field operative is implanted in his head.
In the last year, Costner has stayed busy mixing lighter material with darker, edgier projects. Costner followed his critically acclaimed perf in “Man of Steel” as Clark Kent’s father with two action-heavy roles in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit »
- Justin Kroll
Focus Features has picked up an untitled feature spec by Amy Welsh, who most recently was supervising producer on the ABC Family series Bunheads, and who has written on sitcoms from Roseanne to It’s Like You Know and Men Behaving Badly. They are keeping the logline under wraps. Jc Spink, Jake Weiner, and Chris Bender are producing for Benderspink, which recently exec produced Ride Along and Hangover 3, and produced We’re The Millers and the just-wrapped Horrible Bosses 2. Welsh is repped by ICM Partners. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
This story first appeared in the May 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The Lost-Pet Detective If not for Sarah Sypniewski, Benderspink's Chris Bender wouldn't have enjoyed the New York premiere of 2013's We're the Millers, which he produced. "Our 7-year-old Tibetan terrier, Rosie, went missing the night before in L.A.," says Bender. "My wife, Kristi, and I figured the premiere would be ruined by us feeling like we had lost a child." Bender stumbled upon Sypniewski's NinjaDog Concepts (ninjadogconcepts.com, $350 to $500 a day). Sypniewski recommended a color flier with an
- Laurie Pike
On tap for you today are lots of little morsels of info regarding four upcoming horror films, so let's waste no time and jump right in, shall we?!
First up, Screen Daily reports that the horror comedy Zombeavers has been picked up for distribution in a slew of different markets, including Europe (Splendid Films), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), France (Zylo), Australia and New Zealand (Roadshow) and the Middle East (Prime Pictures).
Epic is understood to be closing a multi-territory deal with a major distributor for the UK, Scandinavia, Latin America and Eastern Europe excluding Russia and a pan-Asian pay-tv deal with a studio. Negotiations are ongoing for Russia, Taiwan and South Korea.
- John Squires
Exclusive: Horror comedy sells to Spain, France and Australia, among others.
The horror comedy received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last month after the trailer went viral, generating more than 2.5m hits.
Rights have gone to Benelux and German-speaking Europe (Splendid Films), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), France (Zylo), Australia and New Zealand (Roadshow) and the Middle East (Prime Pictures).
Epic is understood to be closing a multi-territory deal with a major distributor for the UK, Scandinavia, Latin America and Eastern Europe excluding Russia and a pan-Asian pay-tv deal with a studio.
Negotiations are ongoing for Russia, Taiwan and South Korea.
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Gerard Butler has traded one heist film for another, as he has signed on to star in Relativity's “Den of Thieves” just one week after falling out of Alcon's “Point Break” remake, TheWrap has learned. Christian Gudegast will direct from a script he co-wrote with Paul Scheuring. Also read: Gerard Butler's ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel Acquired by Focus Features Story follows a legendary crew of bank robbers who plan a heist in La's Federal Reserve under the nose of a rogue deputy. Mark Canton is among the producers, while Butler will executive produce with Chris Bender and Jc Spink. »
- Jeff Sneider
Christian Gudegast is set to direct from his own script, co-written with Paul Scheuring, in which a legendary bank heist crew decides to rob the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles right under the nose of a rogue sheriff’s deputy.
Relativity Intl. is launching sales at Cannes. Mark Canton, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and Alan Siegel are producing, with Chris Bender, Jc Spink and Butler exec producing. Butler and Siegel are producing under their G-Base banner.
Robbie Brenner is overseeing the film on behalf of the studio.
- Dave McNary
“It’s escapism, and when it works — and ‘Neighbors’ worked — comedies are just a great way for people to escape,” said Nikki Rocco, head of domestic distribution for Universal.
Audiences looking for a laugh helped drive “Neighbors” to the fifth-largest Stateside opening for an R-rated comedy in history. It’s a sterling result that augurs well for a summer that promises to rip the envelope of good taste to shreds thanks to “22 Jump Street,” “Sex Tape,” “Tammy” and a steady stream of films aimed at adults and teens hungry for gross-out gags.
“Comedies used to stay out of the summer because of all the tentpole movies,” said Richard Brener, president of production at New Line, which will release “Tammy.” “Now they’re tentpole movies themselves. »
- Brent Lang
What do you get when you cross chemical waste with beavers? The answer is the horror-comedy Zombeavers – and Hollywood’s latest viral phenomenon. The trailer for this film about (you guessed it!) zombified beavers has racked up almost 2 million views since it debuted a couple of weeks back. “It’s cool to get the validation,” says first-time director Jordan Rubin, who co-penned the film with regular writing partners Al and Jon Kaplan. “Once something starts getting up in the hits it’s interesting to see how people go, ‘Oh, we might have something here.”
So what was the “Eureka!” moment, »
- Clark Collis
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