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Dreamscape Gets New Financial Commitments From Nickelodeon, Middle Eastern Investors

Dreamscape Gets New Financial Commitments From Nickelodeon, Middle Eastern Investors
Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based Vr startup led by co-chairmen Walter Parkes and Kevin Wall, CEO and former Disney Imagineering chief Bruce Vaughn, COO Aaron Grosky, just closed a $30M Series B financing round. Returning Series A investors — Bold Capital Partners, 21st Century Fox, and Warner Brothers — also participated in the round. Since announcing the series led by AMC Entertainment, the company has gotten interest in other strategic investments so it…
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NBC Buys Legal Drama ‘Relative Justice’ From Barbara Curry & Parkes+MacDonald

NBC has put in development Relative Justice, a legal drama from The Boy Next Door scribe Barbara Curry, Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. The studio is Universal TV, where the husband-and-wife producing duo’s Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation banner has a first-look deal. Written by former prosecutor-turned-writer Curry, Relative Justice is a legal procedural that touches on the theme of sexual harassment that is dominating the conversation in Hollywood at the moment. Relati…
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Men In Black spin-off movie being fast-tracked by Sony

Joseph Baxter Oct 2, 2017

After years of planning, the Men in Black film franchise will move forward, this time with a spinoff movie focused on new characters.

Discussions over the past few years about a prospective crossover between Men In Black and the rebooted cop comedy 21 Jump Street film franchises have just been flashed with a proverbial neuralyzer device. Sony Pictures has made the decision to move forward from the stalled crossover idea with plans for an Mib spinoff film instead, that advances the extraterrestrial immigration agent legacy.

THR is reporting that the Men In Black franchise will continue with a spinoff movie that shifts focus away from Will Smith's Agent J and Tommy Lee Jones's Agent K to a new generation of suit-sporting enforcers.

The script will be written by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, the duo behind 2008’s Marvel Cinematic Universe-launching Iron Man and the recent Transformers: The Last Knight.
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‘Men in Black’ Spinoff Draws ‘Iron Man’ Writers, Sets Release Date

‘Men in Black’ Spinoff Draws ‘Iron Man’ Writers, Sets Release Date
Sony Pictures is fast-tracking its “Men in Black” spinoff, setting the sci-fi pic to bow on May 17, 2019.

Sources also tell Variety that “Iron Man” scribes Matt Holloway and Art Marcum will pen the script.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not reprise their roles in the film, which is meant to launch a new franchise with fresh talent involved. Sony had originally planned on combining the “Men and Black” and “21 Jump Street” franchises, but have since tabled that idea.

“John Wick: Chapter 3” is the only other film so far debuting on May 17, with Disney’s “Aladdin” — starring Smith — opening the following week.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing with Steven Spielberg exec producing. David Beaubaire is overseeing the pic for Sony.

The original movie followed Smith and Jones, who played agents of a secret organization known as the Men in Black and protected Earth from intergalactic bad guys. The
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Men in Black Spin-Off Gets 2019 Release Date

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Men in Black Spin-Off Gets 2019 Release Date
Sony has announced that the Men in Black spin-off is official and it will be released in 2019. The spin-off has reportedly been fast tracked by Sony with a May 17th, 2019 release date set and a script written by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, the writers behind Iron Man and Transformers: The Last Knight. This is huge news for fans of the billion-dollar grossing franchise. Though Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are not expected to make a return for the Men in Black 4, the story is reportedly set to build off of the work that the famous duo conducted over the course of three installments.

Holloway & Marcum have scripted a contemporary sci-fi movie about the secret black clad force that protects Earth from the alien scum of the universe, which is focusing on new characters (possible with a female lead this time) chasing villains that put the picture on more
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'Men In Black' Spinoff From 'Iron Man' Writers Planned at Sony

'Men In Black' Spinoff From 'Iron Man' Writers Planned at Sony
Here come the Men in Black.

Sony is setting up a Men in Black spinoff movie with Iron Man writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum attached the write the script, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The movie will focus on new characters as opposed to Agents K and J made famous by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, respectively

Steven Spielberg is set to executive produce the spinoff, having exec produced the original trilogy. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing. David Beaubaire is overseeing for the studio.

The original Men in Black (1997) made $589 million at the global box office...
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NBC Buys Supreme Court Drama From Chuck Rose & Parkes + MacDonald

NBC has given a script commitment plus penalty to The Outsider, a legal drama thriller from The Art of More creator Chuck Rose, husband/wife producing duo Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, and Universal TV. Written/executive produced by Rose, The Outsider is a legal thriller set in the powerful but often secretive world of the Supreme Court as seen through the eyes of their clerks, the young twentysomethings who struggle to balance their messy personal lives against the…
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Middle Eastern Drama First as Osn Calls for ‘Justice’

Middle Eastern Drama First as Osn Calls for ‘Justice’
Pay-tv platform Osn has picked up “Justice,” the first procedural drama from the Middle East and the biggest series to come out of the United Arab Emirates.

Walter Parkes (“He Named Me Malala”) and William Finkelstein (“L.A. Law”) created the legal and family drama, which is based on real cases from the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, which partnered on the production and allowed access to its official buildings for the shoot.

The series follows Farah (Fatima Al Taei), an ambitious young lawyer who has returned home after getting her law degree in the U.S. She is trying to forge her career while her father, played by Mansoor Al Feeli, wants her to work for his prestigious legal practice.

Osn will launch the Arabic series in the Middle East on its pay-tv platform. “Regional content is hugely sought after and this recent deal with Im Global Television and Image Nation will see us adding to our premium
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Amy Schumer Gives Anne Hathaway Props for Taking on Barbie Role: 'She's Perfect!'

Amy Schumer Gives Anne Hathaway Props for Taking on Barbie Role: 'She's Perfect!'
Scheduling conflicts may have prevented Amy Schumer from continuing in Sony Pictures’ live-action Barbie movie, but that doesn’t mean she’s mad at Anne Hathaway for possibly stepping into the title character’s plastic heels.

On Tuesday, the 36-year-old comedian posted about the potential casting of Hathaway in the role, responding to news that the Oscar-winning actress was in talks to replace her in the feature film.

“Hathaway smathaway,” Schumer captioned a selfie — quickly pointing out that she was joking. “Jkjk she’s perfect!! Can’t wait to see it!”

Though Hathaway is the frontrunner for the part, a
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Anne Hathaway in early talks to join Sony’s Barbie Movie

Author: Zehra Phelan

Sony’s Barbie movie has started making moves with the news that Oscar Winning Anne Hathaway is currently in talks to secure a deal to star in the movie.

Although very early days, Hathaway’s involvement will come down to her busy schedule, having only recently wrapped the all female Oceans Eight, Hathaway is due to start filming her next project Im Global’s sci-fi outing O2. If the filming schedules do not conflict Hathaway could be a sure thing.

Amy Schumer has already been linked to star in the movie which is looking to have Fun Mom Dinner’s Alethea Jones at the helm, Jones is also currently in talks with Sony to direct.

Amy Pascal, who is responsible for producing the all female 2016 Ghostbusters and the more recent Ton Holland lead Spider-Man: Homecoming is producing the Barbie movie with Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald,
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Anne Hathaway in Talks to Replace Amy Schumer as ‘Barbie’

Anne Hathaway in Talks to Replace Amy Schumer as ‘Barbie’
After losing Amy Schumer due to scheduling conflicts, Sony looks to have found its replacement for the upcoming live-action “Barbie” pic, with Anne Hathaway in talks for the lead role.

Australian “Fun Mom Dinner” director Alethea Jones is in talks to helm the comedy.

Studio reps said the casting is premature as scheduling arrangements have not been worked out and there is no deal as yet.

The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was originally expected to start production on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule included a promotional tour for her new Fox comedy “Snatched,” as well as shooting for Rebecca Miller’s “She Came to Me” opposite Steve Carell.

Sony still intends to stick to its projected June 29, 2018 release date, though it’s not clear when production would start. Mattel already has merchandise and product cycles in motion, and shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put on a strain on
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Anne Hathaway and Alethea Jones Frontrunners to Star, Direct Sony’s ‘Barbie’ Movie

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Anne Hathaway and Alethea Jones Frontrunners to Star, Direct Sony’s ‘Barbie’ Movie
Anne Hathaway is in negotiations to star in Sony’s upcoming “Barbie” film with Alethea Jones in talks to direct, TheWrap has learned. Based on the famous doll line, the film is currently slated for a June 29, 2018, release and is produced by Amy Pascal, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Richard Dickson, president and COO of Mattel, is executive producing the movie. Kim Caramele and Diablo Cody share writing credit on the screenplay, and Jones is considered the frontrunner to direct. Amy Schumer was previously attached to the project, but later dropped out.
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Lord and Miller: 12 other directors who left/got fired from movies during production

Luke Owen looks at directors who left/got fired from movies during production…

With the shocking news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have vacated the director’s chairs for the yet-to-be-titled Han Solo movie over “creative differences” (some sources say they were forced out), I thought it was time to look at some other directors who faced similar issues.

It’s no secret that making a tentpole movie for a studio is tricky. Duncan Jones has been very vocal as of late about the issues he had with last year’s Warcraft, and it was rumoured a few years ago that Gareth Edwards faced an uphill battle with Warner Bros. and Legendary on 2014’s Godzilla reboot. The 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie had its script re-written the weekend before production started with no input from the directors, who were then locked out of the editing room during post-production (they were eventually let back in).

Most of the time directors leave before production actually starts, and someone new is brought in. Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, Patty Jenkins left Thor: The Dark World, Rick Famuyiwa and Seth Grahame-Smith both left The Flash, Ben Affleck stepped down from The Batman, Stephen Herrick left Lara Croft: Tomb Raider; the list goes on. But very rarely does a director leave (or get fired) while the movie is in production. Usually if a studio loses faith in the director at that point, they would bring in someone else to “oversee” the movie and get it over the finish line. The aforementioned Godzilla saw this very occurrence, as did Mission: Impossible II when the legendary Stuart Baird was brought in to “fix” the movie Jon Woo originally helmed. Baird in fact has a long history with this, being a fixer on titles such as Superman: The Motion Picture, The Omen and Lethal Weapon.

There are still four or so weeks left on the Han Solo movie (plus the already planned reshoots), so let’s look back at a few other directors who left/got fired from their films.

The Wizard of Oz, 1939

It seems crazy to think that one of the most beloved movies of all-time had such a tumultuous production, but The Wizard of Oz in fact saw six different directors helm the movie. Norman Taurog originally shot test footage, but was quickly replaced with Richard Thorpe who shot for around two weeks when Taurog was moved to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Producer Mervyn LeRoy felt that Thorpe was rushing the production, and his short time on the film was probably not helped when original Tin Man Buddy Epsen was hospitalised after the metal make-up coated his lungs and left him on an Iron Lung.

None of Thorpe’s footage made it into the final cut (although he did shoot Dorothy’s first meeting Scarecrow and several scenes at The Wicked Witch’s castle), and George Cucker came in after Thorpe was fired. However, Cucker didn’t actually shoot any footage, and was there to simply oversee the plans to re-shoot all of Thorpe’s work until Victor Fleming came in. Although he was eventually the only credited director, Fleming left before production ended to film Gone with the Wind, and the shooting was finished by King Vidor and LeRoy.

Gone with the Wind, 1939

Speaking of Gone with the Wind, George Cucker had been developing the movie with producer David O. Selznick for around two years, but was removed from the project three weeks into production. According to reports, the decision to remove Cucker was Clark Gable’s and it angered fellow co-stars Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland who went to Selznick’s office to demand he be re-hired. In Cucker’s place was Victor Fleming, who shot the majority of the movie over ninety-three days (although Cucker was secretly coaching Leigh and Havilland behind the scenes). Fleming wasn’t the final name on the movie however, as he had to take a short break due to exhaustion and Sam Wood shot for around twenty-three days.

Spartacus, 1960

Although considered a Stanley Kubrick movie, he wasn’t the first name attached to Spartacus. After David Lean turned down the movie, it was offered to Anthony Mann who was then fired by star Kirk Douglas after just one week of production. According to Douglas in his autobiography, Mann was “scared” of the size and scope of Spartacus and wasn’t capable of finishing the film.

Superman II, 1980

Shooting for Superman II was done alongside Superman: The Motion Picture in 1977 with Richard Donner doing both films. However the film was under a lot of pressure, with overrunning schedules and budget, which producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler attributed to Donner. After everything was shot for Superman: The Motion Picture, Superman II was placed on hiatus. Once Superman: The Motion Picture was an instant hit, the producers brought in Richard Lester to replace Donner on Superman II and shoot around the footage already filmed. Why Lester replaced Donner is still up for debate. Spengler has claimed that Donner was asked to come back but refused, while Donner claims he only found out Superman II was getting underway when he received a fax from the Salkinds telling him his services weren’t required.

The cast and crew did not take the replacement lightly, with creative consultants Tom Mankiewicz and editor Stuart Baird refusing to return for the sequel, along with Gene Hackman who was replaced with a body double. Although Marlon Brando had already shot everything for both movies, he successfully sued the Salkinds who then cut him out of the sequel. Years later, Warner Bros. released the Richard Donner cut of Superman II on home video as Superman II: The Donner Cut.

Piranha II: The Spawning, 1981

Piranha II was originally set to be directed by Roger Corman graduate Miller Drake, who envisioned a version of the movie which saw the return of Kevin McCarthy (who died in the original film). Drake was then replaced with James Cameron who was working on the film’s special effects department, and he then re-wrote the script under the pseudonym H.A. Milton. However around two weeks into production, Cameron was fired by producer Ovidio G. Assonitis who felt he wasn’t doing a good enough job. Assonitis wouldn’t let Cameron review any of the footage he’d shot during his time on the movie, and was even making all of the day-to-day decisions.

A regularly reported story was that Cameron broke into the editing room while the producers were in Cannes to cut his version of the movie, which was then re-cut by Assonitis. “Then the producer wouldn’t take my name off the picture because [contractually] they couldn’t deliver it with an Italian name,” Cameron said in a 1991 La Times interview. “So they left me on, no matter what I did. I had no legal power to influence him from Pomona, California, where I was sleeping on a friend’s couch. I didn’t even know an attorney. In actual fact, I did some directing on the film, but I don’t feel it was my first movie.”

WarGames, 1983

WarGames began life as a very different movie titled The Genius in 1979 about a much older gentlemen, but this changed when writers Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker discovered a large youth-movement in the computer world, who would later be known as hackers. The character of David Lightman (played by Matthew Broderick) was even modeled after hacking enthusiast David Scott Lewis.

When the film went into production it was being helmed by Martin Brest who was then removed from the movie 12-days into shooting after a disagreement with the producers. In his place was John Badham, whose first act was to lighten the tone of the movie. “[Brest had] taken a somewhat dark approach to the story, and saw Matthew’s character as someone who was rebelling against his parents, and who was just kind of stewing inside,” he told The Hollywood Interview in 2009. “There was that tone to it. I said ‘If I was 16 and could get on a computer and change my grades or my girlfriend’s grades, I would be peeing in my pants with excitement!’ And the way it was shot, it was like they were doing some Nazi undercover thing. So it was my job to make it seem like they were having fun, and that it was exciting, but it wasn’t this dark rebellion.”
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The troubled production of DreamWorks’ first film

Simon Brew Jun 14, 2017

DreamWorks launched in a blaze of publicity – but its first film, The Peacemaker, was beset by problems…

Not since United Artists had launched in the 1930s had Hollywood seen anything quite like it. Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg – a trio with a lot of money and a big contacts book between them – came together to launch the first new studio in a generation. It was called DreamWorks Skg, and it was not short on ambition.

Katzenberg would be heading up its animation arm, and soon got to work, with the likes of Antz and The Prince Of Egypt getting things going. But on the live action side, the assumption that Spielberg would exclusively make his films for the studio quickly proved false. Post-the formation of DreamWorks, his first movie as director would instead be The Lost World: Jurassic Park for Universal. Only then would he
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Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell Thriller Gets Chinese Backing (Exclusive)

Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell Thriller Gets Chinese Backing (Exclusive)
In another instance of Chinese capital flowing into Hollywood, the newly established Culture China — Image Nation Content Fund will co-finance and executive produce Sony Pictures Entertainment’s untitled thriller starring Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell.

Formerly titled “Inner City,” the film is the first project selected for investment by the $300-million fund set up in November by China’s government-backed Intercontinental Communication Center and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. The fund marks the first strategic partnership in movies and TV between China and the United Arab Emirates, and is a conduit for Chinese investment in Hollywood.

Though financial details were not disclosed, the fund is understood to have acquired a substantial portion of the Dan Gilroy-directed legal drama. As previously announced, Cross Creek is co-financing the movie under the agreement it has with Sony, along with Charles King’s Macro and Lone Star Capital.

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Image Nation Abu Dhabi pacts with producers Roy Lee, Steven Schneider

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Image Nation Abu Dhabi pacts with producers Roy Lee, Steven Schneider
Three-year production deal aims for one genre film a year.

Image Nation Abu Dhabi has struck a production deal with veteran producers Roy Lee and Steven Schneider on a slate of high-concept, modestly- budgeted English-language genre films.

The goal is for the projects to demonstrate broad international appeal and franchise potential and make at least one film a year that Image Nation will fully finance. The parties declined to reveal titles.

The deal reunites Schneider with Image Nation after their recent collaboration on Ali F. Mostafa’s dystopian thriller The Worthy, set to debut worldwide this month on Netflix after it became the streaming service’s first acquisition in the UAE.Schneider produced with Peter Safran and Rami Yasin.

Lee and Schneider helped launch genre franchises including The Ring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Grudge.

Besides The Worthy, Image Nation’s regional genre credits encompass Djinn, Majid Al Ansari’s debut feature Rattle The Cage (Zinzana).

Schneider
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Image Nation Abu Dhabi Pacts With U.S. Producers Roy Lee, Steven Schneider

Image Nation Abu Dhabi Pacts With U.S. Producers Roy Lee, Steven Schneider
Rome – Prominent Middle Eastern production company Image Nation Abu Dhabi has forged a three-year pact with veteran Hollywood genre movie producers Roy Lee (“The Ring”) and Steven Schneider (“Paranormal Activity”) to jointly produce a slate of high-concept, low-budget horror films destined for the international market.

Though specifics on the projects are being kept under wraps, the plan is to make at least one English-language movie with franchise potential per year, fully financed by Image Nation, according to a statement.

Directors are being decided. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The deal reunites Schneider with Image Nation after their recent collaboration on Emirati director Ali F. Mustafa’s “The Worthy,” a dystopian Arabic-language thriller set for global release via Netflix this month.

Besides “The Ring” and “Paranormal Activity,” Lee and Schneider (pictured – Schneider left, Lee right) each have a long track record churning out other hit horror franchises, including “The Grudge,
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‘The Circle’: 5 Reasons Why Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s Movie Bombed

‘The Circle’: 5 Reasons Why Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s Movie Bombed
Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. So why did cautionary tech thriller “The Circle” — adapted by lauded writer-director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now,” “The End of the Tour”) and beloved novelist Dave Eggers from his own 2013 bestseller — earn such negative reviews (43 on Metacritic, 17 on Rotten Tomatoes) and bomb at the box office ($9.3 million in 3,163 theaters)?

The movie went wrong in five significant ways.

1. The movie was foreign financed.

The Circle” was developed by A-list ex-DreamWorks producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald’s Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, which raised financing from Imagenation Abu Dhabi Fz and foreign sales company FilmNation on the power of Tom Hanks, who was the first star on board via his Playtone banner.

In order to raise an $18-million budget, globally bankable star Emma Watson was cast in a central leading role that demanded she be in every scene. Veering in tone from satiric comedy to naturalistic drama,
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‘The Circle’: 5 Reasons Why Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s Movie Bombed

‘The Circle’: 5 Reasons Why Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s Movie Bombed
Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. So why did cautionary tech thriller “The Circle” — adapted by lauded writer-director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now,” “The End of the Tour”) and beloved novelist Dave Eggers from his own 2013 bestseller — earn such negative reviews (43 on Metacritic, 17 on Rotten Tomatoes) and bomb at the box office ($9.3 million in 3,163 theaters)?

The movie went wrong in five significant ways.

1. The movie was foreign financed.

The Circle” was developed by A-list ex-DreamWorks producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald’s Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, which raised financing from Imagenation Abu Dhabi Fz and foreign sales company FilmNation on the power of Tom Hanks, who was the first star on board via his Playtone banner.

In order to raise an $18-million budget, globally bankable star Emma Watson was cast in a central leading role that demanded she be in every scene. Veering in tone from satiric comedy to naturalistic drama,
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