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After Success of ‘Madea Halloween,’ Lionsgate Says Two More Tyler Perry Films On Horizon

Breaking: After the box office success of Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween which has garnered about $56.4M after only two weeks in release, Lionsgate’s CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a call with Wall Street analysts today that the studio will be producing two more Perry Films. One of those will continue the Madea franchise. Perry was brought into the studio by Lionsgate's president of production for motion pictures Mike Paseornek when they collaborated on Diary Of A Mad Bl…
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Peter Kang to Join Lionsgate as President of Production

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Paramount’s executive VP of production Peter Kang is leaving the studio to join Bobby Cohen as president of production at Lionsgate, TheWrap has learned. Cohen previously shared the title with Gillian Bohrer, who TheWrap first reported in January would be leaving her post this June. Kang and Cohen will report directly to Erik Feig, co-president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, to whom Geoff Shaevitz and Michael Paseornek also report. Also Read: Gillian Bohrer to Exit as Lionsgate's Co-President of Production (Exclusive) Kang spent the last three years as an Evp at Paramount, where he has been busy overseeing Paramount’s “xXx,
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Gillian Bohrer to Exit as Lionsgate’s Co-President of Production (Exclusive)

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Just seven months after she was named co-president of production at Lionsgate, Gillian Bohrer is leaving the studio after nearly 13 years to pursue other opportunities in Hollywood, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Bohrer will stay on at Lionsgate through June, which gives her enough time to shepherd several projects through post-production and help a handful of development titles that are nearing a greenlight get on their feet prior to production. Her imminent departure would currently leave Bobby Cohen as Lionsgate’s president of production, Geoff Shaevitz as president of production at Summit and Michael Paseornek as president of production for the entire.
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Lionsgate Names Bobby Cohen, Gillian Bohrer Co-Presidents of Production

Lionsgate has tapped Bobby Cohen and Gillian Bohrer to serve as its new co-presidents of production.

They will step into the role vacated by Michael Paseornek, who has been upped to president of production of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. Paseornek will oversee in his new capacity production at each one of the studio’s labels.

Cohen is the producer of “Now You See Me,” “Revolutionary Road” and “People Like Us.” Bohrer came to Lionsgate when the studio acquired Summit Entertainment in 2012. She most recently served as the studio’s executive vice president of production and development.

Lionsgate is readying for the end of its lucrative “Hunger Games” franchise, which will wrap up this November with the release of “Mockingjay — Part 2.” The studio’s upcoming projects include the Gerard Butler action film “Gods of Egypt,” the Mark Wahlberg drama “Deepwater Horizon” and a third installment in the “Divergent” series.

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Lionsgate Names Bobby Cohen, Gillian Bohrer Co-Presidents of Production (Exclusive)

Lionsgate is bolstering its film group with several new hires and promotions. Bobby Cohen, who produced Now You See Me and its upcoming sequel Now You See Me: The Second Act, and Gillian Bohrer, who most recently served as Lionsgate's executive vp production & development, have been named co-presidents of production at Lionsgate. Veteran Lionsgate film executive Michael Paseornek, who most recently served as Lionsgate's president of development and production, has been promoted to the newly-created role of president of production of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, overseeing production of films encompassed by the company’s nine labels. Director of

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Sam Worthington to Star in ‘The Shack’ with Octavia Spencer (Exclusive)

Sam Worthington to Star in ‘The Shack’ with Octavia Spencer (Exclusive)
Sam Worthington will star alongside Octavia Spencer in Lionsgate’s “The Shack,” an adaptation of the best-selling novel by William Paul Young.

Stuart Hazeldine is directing the pic, with Gil Netter producing through Netter Productions along with Brad Cummings. Filming is set to start this spring.

Originally published in 2007, the novel follows a man (Worthington) whose youngest daughter is abducted during a family vacation, with evidence found in an abandoned shack leading authorities to believe she was murdered. Four years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him back to the shack. Against his better judgment, he accepts the invitation and finds something there that will change his life forever.

Lionsgate acquired rights to the book in 2013; “The Shack” has sold more than 19 million copies in 39 languages, including 10 million in the U.S. alone.

Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate’s president of motion picture production and development; Matthew Janzen,
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'You're Next' Director Sets Up Thriller 'The Woods'

'You're Next' Director Sets Up Thriller 'The Woods'
Fresh off his well-received thriller The Guest, director Adam Wingard is teaming up with longtime collaborator and screenwriter Simon Barrett for The Woods, which is being set up at Lionsgate. Very few story details have been released, although the thriller follows a group of college students on a camping trip, who ultimately realize that they are not alone in the woods. The production is looking to cast a group of unknown actors and actresses, in hopes of providing "maximum scares."

Roy Lee (The Ring), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity), Keith Calder (You're Next) and Jessica Wu (The Guest) are producing, with production scheduled to begin this spring. Jason Constantine, Michael Paseornek and Eda Kowan are overseeing the project for Lionsgate. No cast members have been announced at this time, but with production set to begin in just a few months, we should hear more about which actors are coming on board soon.
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Boardwalk Empire's Paz de la Huerta files lawsuit against Lionsgate

Paz de la Huerta has filed a lawsuit against Lionsgate after being hospitalised on the set of horror movie Nurse 3D.

The actress who played Nucky Thompson's (Steve Buscemi) former mistress Lucy Danziger on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, was hit by an ambulance while working on the film in 2011.

According to The Wrap, the actress filed suit in New York on Tuesday (October 16).

de la Huerta alleges that she suffered "severe injuries and considerable pain and suffering" on set in Toronto on October 15, 2011. She claims that an unnamed stunt driver "caused his ambulance to strike [her] and knock her to the ground".

In her legal filing, the actress also says that she "sustained severe injuries and considerable pain and suffering, was confined to hospital, bed and home, was caused to undergo medical treatment and surgery in an attempt to alleviate her injuries".

The lawsuit notes that she "was caused to incur expense for treatment,
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Lionsgate Acquires the CIA Thriller 'Operation Avalanche'

Xyz Films and Lionsgate Films have announced today that Lionsgate has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to the new thriller Operation Avalanche from acclaimed filmmaker Matt Johnson. Johnson's first film The Dirties, which he directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in, won the Grand Prize at Slamdance in 2013. The multi-hyphenate is reteaming with his Dirties co-writer Josh Boles, co-star Owen Williams, producer Matthew Miller, and has brought on Toronto-based producer Lee Kim (The Conspiracy, I'll Follow You Down). Nick Spicer will executive produce for Xyz Films, with Michael Paseornek, John Sacchi, and Jessica Switch overseeing for Lionsgate. Production is set to begin June 30th in Toronto, Houston, and Washington D.C.

While specific details of the plot cannot yet be revealed, the film investigates the truth behind the CIA's involvement in the space race. Here's what director Matt Johnson had to say in a statement.

"The CIA, the 1960's and
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Lionsgate Films Takes On Operation Avalanche

Xyz Films and Lionsgate Films have announced today that Lionsgate has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to the new thriller Operation Avalanche from filmmaker Matt Johnson. Johnson.s first film, The Dirties (which he directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in), won the Grand Prize at Slamdance in 2013. Johnson is reteaming with The Dirties co-writer Josh Boles, co-star Owen Williams, producer Matthew Miller, and has brought on Toronto-based producer Lee Kim. Nick Spicer will executive produce for Xyz Films, with Michael Paseornek, John Sacchi, and Jessica Switch overseeing for Lionsgate.
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Tyler Perry Now Free Agent as Long-Running Lionsgate Pact Ends

Tyler Perry is now on the market.

The multi-hyphenate has parted ways with Lionsgate after working with the studio for nine years on theatrical releases. He’d been under a first-look deal with the studio since 2008. Perry has been approached by many distribs over the years after demonstrating the value of his B.O. brand, but he was never able to pursue other options — until now.

The end of the Lionsgate deal coincides with Perry’s decision to close the Los Angeles office of his 34th Street Films banner and consolidate operations at his Atlanta headquarters. Perry owns studio facilities there that are home to his four TV series, among other projects.

Several sources indicated the non-renewal was a mutual decision. But it’s no secret that Perry had been frustrated at times by the marketing of his movies, and by the limits of Lionsgate’s international reach. Now that he’s unencumbered,
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Forest Whitaker In Talks To Direct And Co-Star In Summit’s ‘The Shack’

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Forest Whitaker In Talks To Direct And Co-Star In Summit’s ‘The Shack’
Exclusive: Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to helm The Shack, the adaptation of the bestselling William Paul Young novel that Summit Entertainment acquired in April 2013. Whitaker would also play a supporting role in the movie, which is being written by John Fusco and produced by Gill Netter and Brad Cummings. The logline: In the aftermath of a devastating personal tragedy, Mackenzie Allen Philips receives a mysterious note in his mailbox inviting him to The Shack. The letter is signed Papa, his wife’s nickname for God. Mack responds and finds himself in the presence of God, and a life-transforming journey of truth, forgiveness, and ultimately acceptance. The book was a global hit after it was self-published in 2007. Lionsgate Motion Picture president Michael Paseornek is overseeing the pic with Matthew Janzen and Bree Bailey. More
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Johnny Depp to Star in Crime Drama ‘Mortdecai’

Johnny Depp to Star in Crime Drama ‘Mortdecai’
Johnny Depp is in negotiations to star in crime drama “Mortdecai” for Lionsgate with David Koepp directing.

“Mortdecai,” based on the three-part series of books by Kyril Bonfiglioli, will be produced by Andrew Lazar, Depp and Christi Dembrowski.

Depp would play Charles Mortdecai, an anti-hero art dealer and part time rogue who is in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

Bonfiglioli’s books, published during the 1970s, were “Don’t Point That Thing At Me,” “Something Nasty In The Woodshed” and “After You With The Pistol.”

Koepp previously directed Depp in “Secret Window.” He also directed “Premium Rush” and “Ghost Town” and wrote “Jurassic Park,” “Spider-Man,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Angels & Demons.”

Eric Aronson wrote the “Mortdecai” script. Aronson’s credits include “On the Line.”

Erik Feig, Michael Paseornek, Gillian Bohrer and James Myers will oversee the project for the studio.
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Johnny Depp to Star in 'Mortdecai' for Lionsgate, Director David Koepp (Exclusive)

Johnny Depp to Star in 'Mortdecai' for Lionsgate, Director David Koepp (Exclusive)
Johnny Depp is nearing a deal to star in David Koepp's "Mortdecai," an adaptation of Kyril Bonfiglioli's comedic crime novel "The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery" that Lionsgate has acquired after Warner Bros. put it in turnaround, TheWrap has learned. Koepp will direct from a script by Eric Aronson ("On the Line").  See photos: Beyond 'The Lone Ranger': Johnny Depp's Most Outrageous Roles Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance will produce the movie with Depp and his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski. Lionsgate execs Erik Feig, Michael Paseornek, Gillian Bohrer and James Myers will oversee the project
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Leprechaun: Origins Gets Director Zack Lipovsky

WWE Studios has tapped Zach Lipovsky to direct Leprechaun: Origins. We first reported on this project back in January, when WWE Superstar Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl was announced to play the title character.

No story details have been released, but it has been confirmed that this will be a full reboot of the original 1993 Leprechaun, which starred Warwick Davis and Jennifer Aniston. Harris Wilkinson wrote the screenplay, with Erik Feig, Michael Paseornek, and John Sacchi producing, along with WWE Studios' Michael Luisi and Richard Lowell.

The original Leprechaun followed an evil leprechaun searching for a pot of gold while avoiding four-leaf clovers. The tone of the reboot is said to be much darker than the original.

Zach Lipovsky was a finalist on the 2007 Fox reality series On the Lot. He has also written, directed, and edited several short films since appearing on the program.

Leprechaun: Origins comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Dylan Postl.
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Lionsgate and WWE Studios Hire Director for Leprechaun Reboot

Lionsgate and WWE Studios have hired visual effects specialist Zach Lipovsky to direct their Leprechaun reboot, reports The Wrap . Lipovsky was a finalist on the Fox reality show "On the Lot." WWE's Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl will play the title character, which was made famous in the original 1993 movie by Warwick Davis. The new film will not connect with previous mythology of the franchise in any way. It was previously said that the tone is going to be a little darker, more traditional horror. Harris Wilkinson wrote the script for the film. Lionsgate's Erik Feig, Michael Paseornek and John Sacchi will oversee the project for the studio, along with co-producing partners Michael Luisi and Richard Lowell of WWE Studios.
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Lionsgate Enters Witness Protection With Tyler Perry

Lionsgate and Tyler Perry have announced the commencement of production of Madea.S Witness Protection. The film marks the prolific filmmaker and multi-media tycoon.s 14th feature film production with Lionsgate in seven years. The announcement was made by Perry with Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairs of Lionsgate.s Motion Picture Group.

Comic legend Eugene Levy (the American Pie franchise, Best In Show) stars in the film as George, a high level CFO at the center of a Ponzi scheme in New York City who is enrolled in the Witness Protection program along with his family in the one place that absolutely no one will think to look for them: Madea.s house down South. Perry wrote the script, is directing and producing the film, and will reprise three of his best loved roles . as tough talking grandma Madea, as Madea.s indelicate cousin Joe, and as plain-spoken attorney Brian,
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Chuck Actress Yvonne Strahovski Talks I, Frankenstein

We have some quickie news coming in for I, Frankenstein. Sitcom favorite Yvonne Strahovski ("Chuck", Killer Elite) recently offered hungry fans a little insight as to whom she'll be playing in the flick and whether or not she'll continue to keep you in stitches.

"I'm flying in a couple of weeks to Australia to shoot another movie with Aaron Eckhart, which I'm really excited about, called I, Frankenstein," she tells MovieWeb. "It's going to be sort of an action-drama-romance type movie. I play a scientist, and I think I'm changing up my accent. I'm going to be British in this one, which is nice for a change. I've been an American for so many years now (laughs). It's kind of a modern take on the original (Frankenstein) story. There will be some romantic elements, I think it's safe to say that much."

I, Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart who plays Adam,
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I, Frankenstein Borrows Actress From Chuck

More casting news coming in for I, Frankenstein. A familiar face from a hit sitcom has joined the stitched-up fold, and we've got all the details you need to know right here.

According to Deadline "Chuck" star Yvonne Strahovski has been set for the female lead in I, Frankenstein. She’ll star opposite Aaron Eckhart, playing his love interest, a beautiful and gifted scientist.

I, Frankenstein was written and is to be directed by Stuart Beattie and is based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, co-creator of the Underworld franchise. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the United States, Lakeshore will handle international sales, and E1/Hopscotch will distribute in Australia. A U.S. release is slated for February 22, 2013.

Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, and Richard Wright will produce with Hopscotch's Andrew Mason, while Grievoux will exec produce with Hopscotch's Troy Lum. Lionsgate exec Michael Paseornek will oversee the project for the studio.
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Two More Potential Cast Members in Talks to Join I, Frankenstein

Two more names are being bandied about as potential cast members of I, Frankenstein, one of the many Frankenstein projects in various stages of production, and we have to admit that with these additions this film is shaping up quite nicely. Both Underworld veteran Bill Nighy and Australian actor Socratis Otto are in line for major roles in the Lakeshore Entertainment and Hopscotch Features project.

Per Variety Nighy (pictured) is in talks to play a demon prince while Otto would play his compatriot who is tasked with tracking down and capturing Adam (Aaron Eckhart), Frankenstein's monster who is being hunted by demons that want to learn the secret of his creation in order to build an army of reanimated corpse demons.

While we're fairly certain horror fans are well aware of Nighy's background, Otto, who recently wrapped Lakeshore's Amanda Seyfried-led thriller Gone, got his start on the Aussie TV series "Home and Away,
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