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Let's Be Cops Director Luke Greenfield To Make Destiny

Let's Be Cops Director Luke Greenfield To Make Destiny
Lots of filmmakers can say Steven Spielberg influenced them. But there are select few who can point to a more direct interaction. One such example is Let’s Be Cops Luke Greenfield who has just seen a long-gestating script called Destiny bought by DreamWorks.Not much is known about the basic concept beyond the pitch line reported by Deadline: a supernatural love story about a struggling designer who must overcome his fears and uncertainty. But the connection runs much deeper than a deal with Spielberg’s company.It was born from the then 16-year-old Greenfield’s mother writing to Spielberg enclosing copies of her son’s Super 8 movies and asking the man behind E.T. and Jurassic Park if he thought Greenfield had what it took as a filmmaker. Spielberg responded with a two-page letter of encouragement and advice and that led Greenfield to a career in films. Fast-forward to
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Luke Greenfield To Direct Destiny

DreamWorks has set Luke Greenfield, the director behind Let’s Be Cops and The Girl Next Door, to direct a script he co-wrote with Dana Stevens (The Dive) called Destiny. The deal brings him under the wing of Steven Spielberg, the legendary helmer who encouraged a teenage Greenfield to pursue filmmaking way back in the ’90s.

At the age of 16, Greenfield began an unlikely correspondence with Spielberg when the teen’s mother sent him a package containing Greenfield’s Super-8 films and asked whether her son had the stuff of a future filmmaker. Spielberg received the films, watched them and replied with a two-page letter offering storytelling tips and pushing Greenfield to pursue his passion – which he did.

When The Girl Next Door came out 16 years later, Spielberg asked Greenfield to come in for a meeting. On realizing that their paths had indirectly crossed before, the Jurassic Park helmer asked
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DreamWorks Sets ‘Let’s Be Cops’ Helmer Luke Greenfield To Direct ‘Destiny'; Filmmaker Finds Way Back To Spielberg

DreamWorks Sets ‘Let’s Be Cops’ Helmer Luke Greenfield To Direct ‘Destiny'; Filmmaker Finds Way Back To Spielberg
Exclusive: Luke Greenfield, director of the sleepers The Girl Next Door and Let’s Be Cops, has made a deal at DreamWorks to direct Destiny, a script he’s co-writing with Dana Stevens, who most recently scripted The Dive for producer James Cameron, director Francis Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence. Greenfield has a few projects percolating — The Holiday Club at Fox/Chernin Entertainment and Slingshot with Gulfstream Pictures among them — but this one is exceptional because…
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‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ Helmer Steve Carr Signs With Paradigm

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‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ Helmer Steve Carr Signs With Paradigm
Exclusive: Paradigm has signed Steve Carr, the helmer of hit comedies that include Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Are We Done Yet, Daddy Day Care, Dr. Dolittle 2 and Next Friday. Carr next is set to direct The Wedding Guests for CBS Films and The Boondoggle, a buddy comedy scripted by Rob Riggle & Tom Lennon. He’s also developing the AMC series Sherman’s March. Carr had been at ICM Partners.

He becomes the latest in a bunch of directors who’ve signed with Paradigm including Luke Greenfield, Rob Minkoff, Walt Becker, Malcolm Lee, Joe Johnston, Carl Franklin. Ole Bornedal and others. The signings come after a number of high-profile agents have joined the agency.

Carr remains managed by Peter Principato and lawyered by Karl Austen.
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‘Lets Be Cops’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key, Jonathan Lajoie, Tom Mardirosian, Natasha Leggero | Written by Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas | Directed by Luke Greenfield

There are few things as quietly distressing and disappointing to the film fan as seeing people you like and admire feature in movies that are total turd. Such is the case with Let’s Be Cops. I really like Jake Johnson. If you read my Frightfest review of Creep you’ll probably have noticed that I spent about a third of that gushing about Safety Not Guaranteed, the Johnson-starring offbeat dramedy in which he is really good as a louche journalist. He is also really good in New Girl. So good, in fact, that he pretty much carried the show for the first half season it takes to get used to how annoying Zooey Deschanel is in it.
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VOD Spotlight: Let’s Be Cops

Let’s Be Cops: Did You Know … ? Here’s some fun trivia about Let’s Be Cops, starring Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr. and Rob Riggle. In the film, when Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans) make the decision to dress up as cops for a costume party, they take it to another level. As people start to mistake them for genuine cops, things get real, and they find themselves in the middle of an actual case. • Director and cowriter for Let’s Be Cops Luke Greenfield got the idea for the film when a costume designer gave him an authentic Los Angeles Police Department … Continue reading →

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Let’S Be Cops Director to Take on '80s Style Sci-Fi Project Slingshot

Let’s Be Cops director Luke Greenfield is set to direct an original sci-fi film project set up at Warner Bros. called Slingshot. He came up with the concept with his producing partner Trevor Sands, and the story is said to be in the same vein as the classic Steven Spielberg Amblin movies.

As of right now, details on the project are slim but it will be a tribute to the classic '80s films that inspired the director to want to make movies for a living. Some of the classic films that inspired him include E.T. and Back To The Future.

Greenfield is the same guy who brought us the hilarious sex comedy The Girl Next Girl. It seems like he’s only worked in the comedy genre, so taking the leap into sci-fi will be a big jump for him, and it’s one I’d love to see pay off.
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Directors: Zach Braff Is 'Going In Style,' Daniel Espinosa Chasing The Boston Marathon & More

Somehow, the sloppily assembled, unfunny "Let's Be Cops" earned over $120 million worldwide (Wtf), and since money talks in Hollywood, that means director Luke Greenfield gets to level up. And so he shall, setting up the movie "Slingshot," which is said to be in the spirit of "E.T." and "Back To The Future." No other plot details are available just yet, but let's just hope a little more craft is put into that effort. [Deadline] Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House," "Snabba Cash") has been tapped to direct "Boston Strong." The project was once set to star Casey Affleck, who has since dropped out of the movie that "follows the massive manhunt to apprehend the two men believed to be responsible for the bombings, as well as examining the city’s reaction following the events." “The Fighter” writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy penned the script, but no word yet on when production might begin.
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New Films For McQueen, Berg, Espinosa

Untitled Paul Robeson Biopic

"12 Years a Slave" and "Shame" director Steve McQueen is teaming with Harry Belafonte to produce a biopic about singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson. McQueen has reportedly been keen on doing the project for years but is only now able to do so.

The project is different from the biopic that Four Stars International has been developing in recent years which had David Harewood on board at one time to play Robeson. [Source: Variety]

The Hunt for El Chapo

"Lone Survivor" director Peter Berg to has been tapped to helm "The Hunt for El Chapo," the true story tale of the capture earlier this year of notorious Sinaloa cartel head Joaquin Guzman Loera (aka. El Chapo). Craig Borten is developing the script based on Patrick Keefe's New Yorker article from earlier this year.

El Chapo rose up through the ranks of the Mexican cartels in the 1970s
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Peter Berg to Direct Cartel Thriller The Hunt For El Chapo; Let’S Be Cops Helmer Tackling Sci-Fi with Slingshot

Filmmaker Peter Berg has found an interesting piece of material that may be well suited to his talents as a director. THR reports that the Lone Survivor and The Rundown director is attached to helm and produce the global thriller The Hunt for El Chapo for Universal Pictures, which is based on a New Yorker article (read it here) about the capture of drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman. The project has Dallas Buyers Club co-writer Craig Borten set to pen the screenplay. Guzman was imprisoned in the early 1990s, escaped, and then ran the Sinaloa cartel while on the lam. He was captured in February of this year during an operation that involved the Mexican Navy, the DEA, and the U.S. Marshals. Berg has been doing some fine work in television since Lone Survivor, helming the pilot and subsequent episodes of HBO’s The Leftovers as well as the Dwayne Johnson HBO pilot Ballers,
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‘Let’s Be Cops’ Director Luke Greenfield Sets Up Sci-Fi ‘Slingshot’ Movie at Gulfstream

‘Let’s Be Cops’ Director Luke Greenfield Sets Up Sci-Fi ‘Slingshot’ Movie at Gulfstream
“Let’s Be Cops” director Luke Greenfield has set up science fiction project “Slingshot” with Gulfstream Pictures.

Gulfstream partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley will produce along with Greenfield and Trevor Sands. The logline is under wraps.

“Let’s Be Cops,” starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., has been a surprise success for Fox with $82 million domestically and another $40 million internationally. Greenfield also directed “The Girl Next Door.”

Warner-based Gulfstream produced “Blended” and “The Nut Job” and is in development on a King David movie, based on the book by Rabbi David Wolpe.

News about “Slingshot” was first reported by Deadline.com.
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‘Let’s Be Cops’ Helmer Luke Greenfield Sets Sci-Fi ‘Slingshot’

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‘Let’s Be Cops’ Helmer Luke Greenfield Sets Sci-Fi ‘Slingshot’
Exclusive: After directing Fox’s Let’s Be Cops to a $122 million worldwide take, Luke Greenfield is setting up original sci-fier Slingshot at Gulfstream Pictures. Deal comes as Greenfield signs with Paradigm. The filmmaker is in negotiations to develop, produce, and direct the Amblin-esque story he conceived of with scribe and producing partner Trevor Sands (Hyperion, Resurrection).

Gulfstream’s Mike Karz and Bill Bindley will produce Slingshot through their Warner Bros-based shingle alongside Greenfield and Sands. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but story is said to follow in the style of ’80s classics like E.T. and Back To The Future that first sparked Greenfield and Sands to want to make films for a living.

Greenfield’s directing credits include the Elisha Cuthbert-Emile Hirsch comedy The Girl Next Door, and he developed and produced the David Wain-directed Role Models. He directed the pilot for the acclaimed
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Director Falls From 'Olympus Has Fallen' Sequel 6 Weeks Before Filming Starts, 'Let's Be Cops' Helmer Gets New Gig

We don't want to create a panic or anything, don't freak out, but...the "Olympus Has Fallen" sequel "London Has Fallen" has lost its director. Even worse? The movie is supposed to start shooting in six weeks. Oh no! What will Millennium do!? Fredrik Bond ("Charlie Countryman") was originally slated to helm the movie, but ye olde "creative differences" have forced him out. (Guys, this isn't an arthouse film. It's Gerard Butler yelling and shooting for two hours, this time in the U.K.) Anyway, Millenium is working fast to get a new director in place by the time Monday rolls around, and it shouldn't be too hard. A robot could direct this thing, and even with a time crunch to start lensing, we're pretty sure whoever comes aboard can get into the flow of things pretty quickly. "London Has Fallen" will open on October 2, 2015. Meanwhile, "The Girl Next Door
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‘Let’s Be Cops’ Helmer Luke Greenfield Closes Fox Deal For Next Pic

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‘Let’s Be Cops’ Helmer Luke Greenfield Closes Fox Deal For Next Pic
Exclusive: Luke Greenfield, who wrote, produced and directed the Fox sleeper Let’s Be Cops, is back in business with the studio for his next film. He’s made a deal to direct and produce an untitled suspense thriller that, like his recent outing, depicts normal people using a loophole to empower themselves to live different lives. Here, a group of twentysomethings have diplomatic immunity because their parents are government officials. Since they literally cannot get arrested, the group uses this get-out-of-jail-free card to live an adrenaline-filled lifestyle filled with illegal stunts to satisfy their lust for life. But when the group gets trapped in real-world espionage, they are forced to risk their lives to save their diplomat parents, with the possibility they could be convicted of treason.

Greenfield teamed up with Peter Chernin’s company as producing partners with David Ready & Jenno Topping. Greenfield will not be writing this
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Intl Box Office Final: Blockbusters Strong O’Sea Led By ‘Lucy’, While U.S. B.O. Suffers

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Intl Box Office Final: Blockbusters Strong O’Sea Led By ‘Lucy’, While U.S. B.O. Suffers
Update, Monday, 3:35 Pm: Overseas actuals have been logged for Lucy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Into The Storm, Tmnt, The Fault In Their Stars, If I Stay, 22 Jump Street, Sex Tape, Deliver Us From Evil, Boyhood, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Let’s Be Cops, Step Up: All In, As Above, So Below, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Relatos Salvajes. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore rom com Blended flew past $80M abroad, a bonus considering the film flatlined stateside, next to the duo’s previous outings, with $46.3M. Total global stands at $126.3M. More to come. — Anthony D’Alessandro contributing with Monday actuals.

Related: ‘Guardians’ Tops Lowest Grossing Post-Labor Day Domestic Weekend Since 2000

Previous, Sunday, 4:15 Pm Pt: This weekend domestically is projected to be the lowest grossing of 2014, off 23% from a year ago. And yet, the international frame is
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‘Let’s Be Cops’ Review

Stars: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key, Jonathan Lajoie, Tom Mardirosian, Natasha Leggero | Written by Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas | Directed by Luke Greenfield

There are few things as quietly distressing and disappointing to the film fan as seeing people you like and admire feature in movies that are total turd. Such is the case with Let’s Be Cops. I really like Jake Johnson. If you read my Frightfest review of Creep you’ll probably have noticed that I spent about a third of that gushing about Safety Not Guaranteed, the Johnson-starring offbeat dramedy in which he is really good as a louche journalist. He is also really good in New Girl. So good, in fact, that he pretty much carried the show for the first half season it takes to get used to how annoying Zooey Deschanel is in it.
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Film Review: 'Let's Be Cops'

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★☆☆☆☆It's hardly an ideal time to be marketing a film in which two average Joes abuse the civil justice system by imitating Us police officers. With the tragic fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri still very much in the news, Luke Greenfield's gross-out buddy comedy Let's Be Cops (2014) now finds itself in the unenviable position of having to make law enforcement officials - or those willing to impersonate them at least - humorous again. Not only does Greenfield's barrel-scrapping head-banger fail to illicit enough laughs from those who consider themselves post-pubescent to warrant the 'comedy' tag, but it's also one of the most morose and insensitive mainstream releases of the year thus far.
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Let's Be Cops review: Let's not...

Let's Be Cops review: Let's not...
Director: Luke Greenfield; Screenwriters: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas; Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr, Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, James D'Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key; Running time: 104 mins; Certificate: 15

The arrival of Let's Be Cops, a comedy about two no-hopers who don uniforms, buy a used squad car off eBay and pose as police (hijinks naturally ensue), could not feel more ill-timed considering it comes in the same month as the fatal shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent civil unrest. With blanket media coverage questioning the competency and culpability of police, do we really need to be seeing a film that treats the job as a lark? Does anybody really aspire to be a police offer right now?

Awkward timing, however, doesn't really disguise the fact that Let's Be Cops is an absolute stinker from start to finish. If the Jump Street movies are shining examples of how to successfully
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Let’s Be Cops Review

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In a summer that seems to be lacking in truly great, original comedies, Let’s Be Cops certainly has the potential to break the mould and offer something a little different. With a host of great weapons in its arsenal, including two rising stars in Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson, we also see them joined by the talented leading lady Nina Dobrev, and a revered Andy Garcia as the film’s chief antagonist. The premise itself is the stuff of comedy gold – two ne’er-do-wells from Los Angeles dress up like cops and use the power that comes along with the position to do everything from smoking marijuana in public, getting into trendy night clubs, and turn the tables on those who’ve wronged them in the past. But halfway through this film, it simply becomes all too familiar.

Jake Johnson is Ryan, a disgraced former college football star
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Let’s Be Cops Review

Director: Luke Greenfield.

Cast: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, Andy Garcia, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key.

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 104 minutes.

Synopsis: Two friends attend a costume party as cops and quickly realise they can pass for the real thing. After a few pranks they soon become involved in a serious and dangerous case.

Let’S Be Cops is a one joke movie, luckily it happens to be a very funny joke. With Johnson and Wayans Jr. coming fresh from a few successful years on hit TV show New Girl (granted Wayans Jr. has been more of a guest star), it’s time for these two funnymen to break into the big and beautiful world of movies. Although Let’S Be Cops is far from perfect, it’s a simplistic film that allows the two stars to demonstrate what they are capable of.

Two people impersonating cops
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