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Exclusive: Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have acquired an untitled action-comedy set in the world of the Secret Service. Aaron Buchsbaum & Teddy Riley are writing the script. Parkes/MacDonald utilized funds from its development fund with Image Nation. The project came out of a general meeting the writers took with Parkes and MacDonald after exec Marc Resteghini brought them in. The writers pitched the project and it was bought preemptively. The Image Nation deal allows the producers to give development projects the time they need to percolate. Parkes and MacDonald will produce, and Resteghini will be exec producer. The scribes previously sold the spec El Tigre in a bidding battle to Sony Pictures earlier this year, with Mosaic producing. They also sold a script to Sony Television with Will Gluck producing. The writers met at USC. Before they started nailing script deals, Buchsbaum was an assistant to Sean Levy »
- MIKE FLEMING JR.
Exclusive: In a late buy, NBC has put in development The Fosters, a comedy co-written by and starring Gary Anthony Williams (Weeds) and executive produced by one of the network’s top personalities, Today co-host/producer Al Roker. The project, which Williams will co-write with Sindy McKay based on an idea by Williams, McKay, Larry Swerdlove and Scott Ward, would have him starring as a father with numerous foster children. Roker, who became involved with the project because of his personal experience with foster kids, will executive produce with his executive at Al Roker Entertainment Tracie Brennan; McKay, Swerdlove, and Ward will co-executive produce. This marks Wiiliams’ return to NBC, where he co-starred in Greg Daniels’ comedy pilot Friday Night Dinner last season. Williams, who has also recently sold projects to Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, recurs on Fox’s Raising Hope and TV Land’s Soul Man. He will next »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fox has signed a new three-year first look deal with director/producer Shawn Levy's 21 Laps, the production company behind "Night at the Museum" and "The Watch," the companies announced on Wednesday. 21 Laps is already based at Fox, having supplied the studio with several comedy titles over the past few years. While its most recent, "The Watch," disappointed at the box office, the company has otherwise provided a steady supply of hits. The original "Night at the Museum leads the pack with $570 million at the global box office, while the sequel »
- Lucas Shaw
Breaking: Shawn Levy‘s 21 Laps will continue to be a cornerstone presence at 20th Century Fox. Levy’s label has closed a new 3-year overall first look deal with the studio. Levy and president Dan Levine have promoted Billy Rosenberg to Senior Vice President, Dan Cohen to Vice President, Will Rack to Director of Development, and Katie Baron to Creative Executive. “Shawn’s boundless energy, ambition and effortless creativity make him the perfect partner,” said 20th Century Fox production president Emma Watts. We are lucky he continues to call Fox his home.” Levy has been busy. He directed the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson comedy The Internship, which Fox releases June 7, 2013; 21 Laps produced The Spectacular Now, directed by James Ponsoldt and starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler and Brie Larson. That film premieres in competition at Sundance in January. Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber »
- MIKE FLEMING JR.
12 December 2012 3:31 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Shawn Levy's prolific production company 21 Laps -- whose credits include the Night at the Museum franchise -- has closed a new, overall first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. "Shawn's boundless energy, ambition and effortless creativity make him the perfect partner," said Fox president of production Emma Watts. "We are lucky he continues to call Fox his home." Upcoming releases from 21 Laps include the Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson comedy The Internship, directed by Levy and produced by Levy and Vaughn. Fox opens the movie June 7. 21 Laps also produced The Spectacular Now, which will make its world
- Pamela McClintock
Two funnymen have both signed on to star in the upcoming comedy Get Hard for Warner Bros and that’s the truth.
More precisely, the studio is currently in talks to acquire the new comedy Get Hard, which comes with stars Ferrell and Hart already attached. The script for a starring vehicle for the aforementioned comedians will be written by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, best known for being the showrunners on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele.
Ferrell will reportedly play a rich, soft-handed investment bank manager sentenced to a maximum security prison for a crime he didn’t commit, who hires the streetwise guy (Hart) who normally washes his car to get him »
- Nick Martin
Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is, hands down, one of my favourite films of all time. By far one of the finest films I’ve seen all year, Whedon’s micro-budgeted adaptation of Shakespeare’s play debuted at Tiff – you can read our five-star review here – and it didn’t take long for it to secure Us distribution.
We saw a beautiful promo poster for the film from the American Film Market earlier in the month, and now Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have set the film’s release date for Summer 2013. Specifically: 7th June, 2013.
“Shakespeare’s classic comedy gets a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s stylized adaptation. Shot in just twelve days using the original text, the story of sparring lovers Beatrice (Amy Acker) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof) offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.”
Whedon has put together »
- Kenji Lloyd
Based on an award-winning short story by Ted Chiang, the story deals with aliens landing all around the globe. A linguist is quickly recruited by the Us government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Shawn Levy's list of possible future producing and directing projects is as long as your arm, and has just got slightly longer. Joining the bajillion-odd films to which his name is currently attached, The Story Of Your LIfe has just been announced by FilmNation. Levy will produce the sci-fi yarn, with Nic Mathieu directing.The film is based on the Nebula Award-winning short story by Ted Chiang, and is described as "a mind-bending science fiction thriller with a powerful emotional twist."The story involves aliens landing on Earth, and a linguist employed by the Us Government racing to discover their intentions. Further investigation reveals that said linguist learns to think as the aliens do, by learning their language, developing the ability to "chrono-synclastically" percieve time from the outside. In a nutshell, she's able to "remember" the future, which has implications, since she can see the ultimate fate of her currently unborn daughter. »
Hey, aliens! We've been waiting for you cats to officially land for what seems like forever. What's with all the needless probing and cat and mouse shenanigans? Make yourself known! Shit or get off the pot already!
According to Deadline, FilmNation Entertainment has partnered with Lava Bear Films to finance, produce and handle worldwide sales for the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life. Scripted by Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Thing), the film will be helmed by commercials director Nic Mathieu.
Story of Your Life will be produced by 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine with FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. Lava Bear’s David Linde, Tory Metzger, FilmNation’s Glen Basner and Heisserer will be executive producers. Based on a short story by sci-fi writer Ted Chiang, Story of Your Life is a mind-bending science fiction thriller with a powerful, emotional twist. After aliens land around the globe, »
- Uncle Creepy
FilmNation Entertainment, in partnership with Lava Bear Films, will finance, produce and handle worldwide sales for the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life written by Eric Heisserer (Hours, The Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and to be directed by prolific commercial director Nic Mathieu. The film will be produced by 21 Laps' Shawn Levy and Dan Levine with FilmNation's Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. Lava Bear's David Linde, Tory Metzger, FilmNation's Glen Basner and Eric Heisserer will executive produce. Story of Your Life was developed by 21 Laps' Levy, Levine and Dan Cohen, along with Eric Heisserer.
Story of Your Life - based on an award-winning short story from one of today's most celebrated science fiction writers Ted Chiang - is a mind-bending science fiction thriller with a powerful, emotional twist. After aliens land around the globe, a linguist is recruited by the Us government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth. »
The very busy Shawn Levy is adding another project to his development docket, though this time it’s only in a producing capacity. FilmNation Entertainment announced today that it would finance and produce the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life alongside Lava Bear Films, with Levy producing the pic via his 21 Laps banner with partner Dan Levine. Written by Eric Heisserer (The Thing), the film is based on a short story by Ted Chiang that takes place immediately after aliens land around the globe and centers on a linguist who is recruited by the Us government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth. Commercials director Nic Mathieu is set to direct, and the pic is being fast-tracked with casting beginning immediately for a planned 2013 production start-date. Levy most recently wrapped his latest directorial project, the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship, and earlier this month signed on »
- Adam Chitwood
27 November 2012 2:54 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
FilmNation and Lava Bear Films are partnering to finance and produce 21 Laps' sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life, based on the short story by acclaimed author Ted Chiang. Prolific commercials director Nic Mathieu will helm from an adapted script by Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street), and is set to begin shooting in 2013. Casting is currently underway. Working with Heisserer, Story of Your Life was developed at 21 Laps by Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen. The movie is described as a mind-bending sci-fi thriller with a powerful emotional twist. After aliens land
- Pamela McClintock
Breaking: FilmNation Entertainment has partnered with Lava Bear Films to finance, produce and handle worldwide sales for the sci-fi thriller Story Of Your Life. Scripted by Eric Heisserer, the film will be helmed by commercials director Nic Mathieu. The film will be produced by 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine with FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. Lava Bear’s David Linde, Tory Metzger, FilmNation’s Glen Basner and Heisserer will be executive producers. Based on a short story by sci-fi writer Ted Chiang, Story Of Your Life is a mind-bending science fiction thriller with a powerful, emotional twist. After aliens land around the globe, a linguist is recruited by the U.S. government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth. Production will begin next year. “If you look at Ted Chiang’s powerful source material, how deftly Eric and the team at 21 Laps handled the adaptation, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR.
FilmNation Entertainment, in partnership with Lava Bear Films, has announced plans to finance, produce and handle worldwide sales for the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life , written by Eric Heisserer ( The Thing , A Nightmare on Elm Street ) and to be directed by prolific commercials director, Nic Mathieu. Based on an award-winning short story by Ted Chiang, Story of Your Life is said to be a mind-bending science fiction thriller with a powerful, emotional twist. After aliens land around the globe, a linguist is recruited by the Us government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth. The film will be produced by 21 Laps' Shawn Levy and Dan Levine with FilmNation.s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. Lava Bear.s David Linde, Tory Metzger, FilmNation.s Glen Basner and Eric »
With post-production only beginning in late August, it might be too much of a rush job for James Ponsoldt to make it three for three at Sundance in 2013. His sophomore feature Off the Black (Sundance 06′) was followed up with/by Smashed, (in personal top 5 from last year’s edition) which paid off huge dividends for the filmmaker as he then lensed The Spectacular Now, a gig written by 500 Days of Summer scribes Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed lead) alongside Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Brie Larson.
Gist: This follows a teenage girl (Woodley) who convinces an alcoholic high school senior that his philosophy of living only for the moment may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
Prediction: Premieres section
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available »
- Eric Lavallee
Warner Bros. have just hired Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class co-writer Jane Goldman to rewrite the script hoping to get Burton to helm and Robert Downey Jr. to play the woodcarver Geppetto, Pinocchio’s creator/father.
Bryan Fuller scribed the initial draft will not focus on the titular wooden doll, but instead will see the story from the eyes of Geppetto (Downey, assuming he signs on).
Now Goldman is taking over writing duties in the hopes that she will convince Downey to jump aboard, but this still means the studio is no closer to getting started.
Anyone Interested? Not me.
- Nick Martin
What a week! News about Disney buying Lucas Entertainment are all around, echoing, ushering us all in what I think will be a new (and exciting!) era. Star Wars fans are making their guesses as to who will helm the new Star Wars: Episode VII, who will star and what the storry will center on.
In all that hubbub, some filmmakers have decided to give their reaction to the subject. Read what J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Shawn Levy, Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith and George Nolfi have to say after the jump!
“The idea of another trilogy that further shrouds the Force in mystery as its secrets are lost to time – that’s extremely compelling. I want so bad for it to be good. Can you imagine?”
- Vesna Sunrider
Becoming increasingly busier in Hollywood is director Shawn Levy, who has just signed on to helm an adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel This Is Where I Leave You. The project will takes its place on Levy’s plate alongside his upcoming comedy The Internship, his in production sci-fi road trip film, his adaptation of 39 Clues and an island comedy titled Aloha. Like we said, he’s busy.
Variety reports that Levy will take the reigns on This Is Where I Leave You from director Adam Shankman. For those unfamiliar with the film, it’s an ensemble piece focusing on “four siblings who come home to sit shiva after their father passes away, and what happens when they’re trapped in the same house for a week.”
With shooting set to begin next summer, the film is poised to become Levy’s next. Though there’s no word on casting just yet, »
- Matt Joseph
Director Adam Shankman has helmed A Walk to Remember, Bringing Down the House, The Pacifier, Cheaper By the Dozen 2, Hairspray, Bedtime Stories, and Rock of Ages. This is not a good resume (save for Hairspray, which is certainly passable as a fun revamp of the ’80s John Waters classic, at least in terms of sudsing it up for a new audience). The attachment of Shankman to a project does nothing for me (particularly after recently watching Rock of Ages after months of putting it off, which firmly established that production as a strong contender for Worst Film of the Year, at least in my mind), and yet, similarly, neither does the attachment of Shawn Levy (to be fair, Levy’s resume includes Just Married, Night at the Museum, Date Night, and Real Steel). So how funny then that a long-gestating project that once belonged to Shankman is now in Levy’s hands. Cue »
- Kate Erbland
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