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‘Catherine The Great’ Leads The Blacklist 2014: Full List — Update

15 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Updated With Full List Of Scripts, Writers, And Reps: Catherine The Great, about the rise and life of the famous (sometimes notorious) 18th-Century Russian monarch, was the top vote-getter among 70 scripts chosen for the 2014 Black List of the year’s best un-produced scripts. The screenplay, by Los Angeles writer and producer Kristina Lauren Anderson, was announced as part of an hour-plus process on Twitter and YouTube this morning.

Each of the 70 screenplays on this 10th annual list was chosen by a group of 250 development executives, agents and other Hollywood insiders as among the year’s best un-produced scripts in a process overseen by Franklin Leonard of http://www.blcklst.com. Anderson’s screenplay received 51 votes.

Other notables in the list include writer/actor/director Kenneth Lonergan with Manchester-By-The-Sea, which is being produced by Matt Damon and Chris Moore. Randall Green had two scripts make the list, The Swimsuit Issue and Cartoon Girl. »

- David Bloom and Jen Yamato

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Director Shawn Levy Exits Warner Bros. Minecraft Adaptation

9 December 2014 12:46 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Back in October, we brought you the news that Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy had signed on to adapt the ridiculously popular videogame, Minecraft. At the time, the idea of a filmmaker whose resume is dotted with dramedies and family-friendly fare seemed an unusual choice to helm the pic. Alas, our earlier doubts have now been proven correct, as Variety reports that Levy has vacated the director’s chair.

According to sources, the simple reason why Levy – and writers Kieran and Michelle Mulroney – left is down to creative differences. The premise of the open-world game involves players crafting their own avatar before they set about constructing entire worlds from building blocks to assist them on their missions. It’s a slow-burning concept that lends itself to countless interpretations, which is thought to be the reason Levy and co. have abandoned ship.

Per Variety, the trio brought their initial »

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'Minecraft' Movie Loses Director Shawn Levy

9 December 2014 10:21 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros.' video game adaptation Minecraft has lost director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), just two months after he signed on to direct and develop the project. Screenwriters Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) have also left the project, after helping develop the adaptation. Both the director and writers presented their ideas to the studio, but their story, "didn't mesh with what the video game developers were looking for," and both sides thought it would be best to part ways.

The studio sees Minecraft as a very important property, and hopes to find a replacement director before year's end. Warner Bros. acquired rights to the video game back in February from Swedish company Mojang, with Roy Lee and Jill Sobel Messick set to produce. Minecraft is currently one of the most popular "open world" games, with over 100 million registered »

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Shawn Levy Leaves Warner Bros.’ ‘Minecraft’ Film (Exclusive)

9 December 2014 10:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After working together to develop a take on the film adaptation of the video game “Minecraft,” director Shawn Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney have decided to leave the Warner Bros. project.

The three had been brought on to develop the film with Levy eyeing to direct. Levy and the Mulroney’s presented the new idea to the studio last month but it didn’t mesh with what the video game developers were looking for. Levy and the studio felt it was the best idea that the two move on and look in another direction.

The studio still views this as a very important property and hopes to land a new director by the start of the new year.

As for Levy, the director has not decided what his next project will be but sources say he is deciding between “40 Thieves,” a retelling of the “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves »

- Justin Kroll

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Meets strikes Guadalajara alliance

3 December 2014 2:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ventana Sur: The Panama co-production market is teaming up with the industry office of the Guadalajara International Film Festival for its 2015 edition.

The partnership means the five Panamanian projects selected to take part in the second annual Meets will be invited to participate in Guadalajara’s pitch workshop in March.

In return, one project from the Mexican market will take part in the Latin American co-production event, set to run during the Panama Film Festival from April 9-15.

Meets previously signed a support agreement with CineLatino Rencontres de Toulouse.

Under this separate deal a Central American or French-Caribbean project selected at Meets will take part in the Toulouse co-production forum, while a Latin American project chosen by Toulouse will be one of the 14 participating in Panama.

Meets offers a $25,000 cash prize to the winner of its co-production forum. General coordinator Michelle Rojas added that the call for submissions had been extended through December 15.

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Matthew McConaughey Will Reportedly Play 'Randall Flagg' In The Stand

25 November 2014 1:50 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Back in late August, the trades reported that Matthew McConaughey was being "heavily considered" for the villainous role of Randall Flagg in Warner Bros. planned adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. Following that, director Josh Boone denied that anything was official, actually stating that he'd always envisioned McConaughey in the role of main protagonist Stu Redman, and Christian Bale as Flagg. Well now The Guardian seem to have confirmed the initial report, as according to them the Oscar winning actor will indeed haunt some cornfields in the movie as "the Walkin' Dude", Randall Flagg. Recently we found out that WB were actually planning to adapt King's 1200 page novel into four films, which makes a lot more sense than the one 3-hour movie we were originally told we'd be getting. CBS Films will co-produce and co-present The Stand, with Roy Lee and Jimmy Miller producing. So far the only other »

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How ‘The Lego Movie’ Is Like A ‘Brick Movie': Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

24 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the brains behind the huge animated hit The Lego Movie, talk with Deadline’s Pete Hammond about their “iterative” creative process, finding spontaneity in the grind of making animated films, and capturing the Diy spirit of amateurs making “brick movies.” They were speaking at Deadline’s recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders.

The voice cast includes Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry, Alison Brie and David Burrows. Producers were Roy Lee and Dan Lin. The film, made for an estimated $60 million, grossed $468 million worldwide. Warner Bros. distributed the film in the United States.

Miller and Lord are now one of Hollywood’s hottest screenwriting/directing/producing duos after their successes with Lego (a sequel is on the way), the 21 Jump Street franchise and the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs franchise.

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Warner Bros.’ ‘Lego Movie’ Takes BAFTA Kids’ Award

24 November 2014 2:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” won the kids’ feature film prize at the BAFTA Children’s Awards Sunday, fighting off competition from “Maleficent,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Frozen.”

Cartoon Network won the kids’ channel of the year prize, while its show “Adventure Time” took the award for international program.

Kindle Entertainment was named independent production company of the year, and was part of the team behind online mystery-drama “Dixi,” which nabbed the BAFTA for original interactive show. Disney Animated won for adapted interactive show. The vidgames category was won by Nintendo’s racing title “Mario Kart 8.”

Katie Morag,” which is produced by Move on Up, won the BAFTA for drama, and the show’s 9 year-old lead Cherry Campbell took home the performer prize. Debbie Moon won the writer’s prize for “Wolfblood.”

Love Productions’ “Junior Bake Off” excelled in the entertainment category. Maverick Television’s “Operation Ouch! »

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Warner Bros.’ ‘Lego Movie’ Takes BAFTA Kids’ Award

24 November 2014 2:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” won the kids’ feature film prize at the BAFTA Children’s Awards Sunday, fighting off competition from “Maleficent,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Frozen.”

Cartoon Network won the kids’ channel of the year prize, while its show “Adventure Time” took the award for international program.

Kindle Entertainment was named independent production company of the year, and was part of the team behind online mystery-drama “Dixi,” which nabbed the BAFTA for original interactive show. Disney Animated won for adapted interactive show. The vidgames category was won by Nintendo’s racing title “Mario Kart 8.”

Katie Morag,” which is produced by Move on Up, won the BAFTA for drama, and the show’s 9 year-old lead Cherry Campbell took home the performer prize. Debbie Moon won the writer’s prize for “Wolfblood.”

Love Productions’ “Junior Bake Off” excelled in the entertainment category. Maverick Television’s “Operation Ouch! »

- Leo Barraclough

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Lionsgate, Vertigo Entertainment Conjure Magic Thriller ‘Pentacle’

11 November 2014 8:34 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment has set up feature Pentacle at Lionsgate, based on an original pitch by Black List writer Ian Fried (Gaslight, The Ever After Murders). The story is described as a dark, Amblin-style thriller set in the world of magic. This marks Fried’s latest studio project after selling sci-fi pitch Prism to Paramount, which John Davis and Davis Entertainment are producing. He also sold supernatural action pitch Spectral to Legendary, which has James Badge Dale starring for director Nic Mathieu and is already slated for an August 2016 release.

John Sacchi and Jessica Switch are overseeing Pentacle for Lionsgate. Lee will produce for Vertigo alongside president of production Adam Stone. Vertigo’s John Powers Middleton is executive producing and VP Irene Yeung is overseeing for the company, which has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. and this year scored a $468 million global hit with The Lego Movie. »

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‘Lego Movie’ Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Set to Script Sequel

26 October 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Lego Movie 2″ is gaining momentum with Phil Lord and Chris Miller signing on with Warner Bros to write and produce.

The duo wrote and directed “The Lego Movie,” which grossed over $460 million worldwide this year. Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing with Lord and Miller, and Jill Wilfert, Matt Ashton, Chris McKay and Kara Lord Piersimoni are exec producers.

A director has not yet been selected for “The Lego Movie 2.” The studio’s Greg Silverman, Courtenay Valenti and Chris Defaria are overseeing.

Warner Bros. set the date on Oct. 16 as part of its massive slate announcement that included 10 DC titles, three Harry Potter spinoffs and three Lego spinoffs: “Ninjago” in 2016, Lego Batman in 2017 and “The Lego Movie 2″ in 2018.

Lego Movie 2″ had originally been set for 2017, but Lego Batman has been moved into that slot.

McKay, who supervised animation on “The Lego Movie,” is directing Lego »

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'The Lego Movie 2' Lands Writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller

26 October 2014 11:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who both wrote and directed this year's blockbuster The Lego Movie, have signed on to write the sequel The Lego Movie 2, but it still isn't known if they will come back to direct.

We reported in February that Jared Stern (The Internship) and Michelle Morgan (Nancy Drew) were writing the script, but now Warner Bros. has brought back the original writers to work on the script. We also reported in March that Chris McKay signed on to direct the sequel, but Warner Bros. moved him over to the spin-off The Lego Batman Movie.

No plot details were given for The Lego Movie 2 at this time, but Warner Bros. has already announced that Ninjago will hit theaters on September 23, 2016, with The Lego Batman Movie arriving in 2017 and The Lego Movie 2 set to hit theaters in 2018, with another unspecified Lego movie arriving on May »

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Directors: Shawn Levy To Helm 'Minecraft,' Corneliu Porumboiu Finds 'The Treasure' & More

17 October 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Yes, producers Roy Lee (“The Lego Movie”) and Jill Messick (“Hot Rod," “Mean Girls”) are bringing "Minecraft" to the big screen, and it looks like they've found their director. Following the dramedy flop "This Is Where I Leave You," Shawn Levy is in talks to develop and direct the video game adaptation. No word yet on who will have the unlucky challenge of trying to write a script based on this. [Deadline] In more exciting news, Romanian filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu ("When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism," "12:08 East Of Bucharest," "Police, Adjective") has started shooting his next film, "The Treasure." Toma Cuzin, and non-professional actors Adrian Purcărescu and Corneliu Cozmei lead the cast in the story that "follows two men as they face a series of misadventures in their quest to find a treasure." A Cannes premiere is already being touted as a possibility. »

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Night at the Museum director attached to Minecraft movie

17 October 2014 2:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy has been linked to the Minecraft movie.

Levy, whose previous credits also include Date Night and Real Steel, is said to be in talks with Warner Bros to direct the film, reports Deadline.

The film will be produced by The Lego Movie's Roy Lee, as well as Jill Messick, whose credits include Mean Girls and Hot Rod.

A Mojang executive recently said that the Minecraft film is unlikely to arrive before 2017.

Chief operating officer Vu Bui also emphasised that the film just tells one of the countless possible stories from Minecraft's build-it-yourself world.

Talks between Warner Bros and Mojang about a Minecraft film were first announced in February.

Microsoft recently purchased Minecraft and Mojang for $2.5bn. »

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Shawn Levy to direct Minecraft movie

16 October 2014 11:29 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was announced a few months ago that Warner Bros. had acquired the rights to the video game Minecraft and are planning to create a movie adaptation. Well, that movie has now landed a director in Shawn Levy, known for directing the Night at the Museum series, The Internship, Real Steel and most recently This Is Where I Leave You.

Minecraft has sold 54 million copies across multiple platforms and has a huge following. The game allows players to be creative, constructing the world that is randomly generated out of blocks. The game also allows players to explore these worlds, gather resources, craft items and fight enemies.

Roy Lee and Jill Sobel Messick are producing the movie, but there is currently no screenwriter attached to the project or start date for production. It is rather hard to imagine how a Minecraft movie would work but clearly their is a vision that the studio has. »

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Shawn Levy in Talks to Direct the 'Minecraft' Video Game Adaptation

16 October 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

As the Night at the Museum franchise comes to an end, director Shawn Levy is looking to get into a different kind of adventure as Deadline reports he's currently in talks to direct an adaptation of the video game Minecraft. Warner Bros. picked up the rights to the video game in February for The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee and his Vertigo production banner. Much like The Lego Movie, there are endless possibilities for what can be done with a game like this that lets players begin with a black canvas and create whatever they want to. But as of now there's no indication as to what story the feature film will employ. In the game, players have an avatar that acts as a builder where they use cubes to build whatever they want to in order to protect them from nocturnal monsters. It's like throwing a Master Builder into The Maze Runner. »

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'Minecraft' Movie Lands 'Night at the Museum' Director Shawn Levy

16 October 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Filmmaker Shawn Levy has signed on to develop and direct Warner Bros.' video game adaptation Minecraft, which the studio picked up back in February.

The video game, designed by Swedish company Mojang, first launched with a Beta version in 2009, with those users essentially helping to develop and market the game before its official launch in 2011. Described as one of the best "open world games" currently available, Minecraft players use cubes to build walls to protect them from evil nocturnal monsters in a world known as The Nether.

The game eventually evolved to a point where players can work together to create their own environments and go on their own adventures. The online game at Minecraft.net has over 100 million registered users, and the XBox version has sold over 10 million copies.

The project does not have a screenwriter attached at this time. Roy Lee and Jill Sobel Messick are producing, »

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Shawn Levy To Helm "Minecraft" Film

16 October 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Shawn Levy ("Night at the Museum," "Real Steel") has signed on to develop and direct the film adaptation of the highly popular open world video game "Minecraft" for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Officially launched in 2011, the project allows players to use cubes to build walls to protect them from evil nocturnal monsters in a world known as The Nether. The game has since evoled though with players crafting astounding creations.

The official site for the game has over 100 million registered users, the XBox version alone has sold over 10 million copies.

The project does not have a screenwriter attached at this time. Roy Lee and Jill Sobel Messick are producing.

Source: Variety »

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Shawn Levy To Helm Video Game Adaptation Minecraft

16 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Warner Bros. are on an announcement streak! Following yesterday’s headline-grabbing extravaganza, during which the studio outlined their collaborative plans with DC Comics, it seems they’re now deep in negotiations for another adaptation. This time, they’re not turning to the pages of a comic or novel for inspiration, instead, they’re tapping the video game market to bring a Minecraft live-action pic to the big screen.

Now, this news may seem like old hat, because the project was given the greenlight eons ago, but now we’ve got an update; Deadline has it on good authority that the studio are courting Shawn Levy for the director’s chair.

Warner’s decision to adapt yet another video game franchise came after the colossal success of The Lego Movie, which is now in line for its own clutch of spinoffs and sequels. Judging by today’s news, they’re hoping »

- Gem Seddon

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Shawn Levy in Talks to Direct Minecraft Movie

16 October 2014 12:51 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Back in February, we reported that Warner Bros. had acquired the rights to adapt the ridiculously popular video game Minecraft into a film with Roy Lee (The Lego Movie) producing alongside Jill Messick (Mean Girls).  The open-world game is from Swedish indie developers Mojang Ab, and allows players to create a world with textured cubes.  Different modes have the players either fighting for survival or they can simply build away without any restraints aside from a lack of rounded corners. I don't understand Minecraft at all, which makes me feel super-old, but Warner Bros. thinks Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy might have a good take on the material.  Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Levy is in talks to direct Minecraft, a franchise that could be lucrative due to brand-name recognition, and more importantly, the success of The Lego Movie, which also took blocks and turned »

- Matt Goldberg

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