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Sony has acquired the rights to Winter’s Knight; James Mangold will direct The Deep Blue Good-By; former Godzilla producers are suing Legendary Pictures; Daniel Espinosa eyes Blood on Snow; Steven Spielberg may direct a West Side Story remake; and the film based on the Atlanta Olympics bombing nabs a screenwriter.
After a heated bidding war between three studios, Sony has won the rights to the spec script Winter’s Knight.
Marc Platt and Lawrence Grey wrote the script for Winter’s Knight, which purports to tell the origins of St. Nick and Christmas. What’s more, the film reportedly features some tinges of Viking mythology to it.
At first, it seemed like Sony’s efforts were for naught and ...
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- Anthony Taormina
Let me be clear... we do not care if this flick is Dread worthy just yet. That being said, if there's a story floating around about a friggin' viking Santa Claus, then goddamn it, we're gonna do it!
According to Deadline, after much back and forth Saturday involving Sony, Universal, and a last-ditch overture from Warner Bros., Sony finally closed its deal for Winter’s Knight, the Viking-mythology-tinged origin story of St. Nick and Christmas.
Sony emerged as front-runner when it agreed to pay $1 million to newbie scribes Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton for the biggest spec sale of this year so far. That was the easy part. Deals were then made for producers Marc Platt and Lawrence Grey. More challenging was making a deal with the white hot Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg to direct, but that effort was led by incoming Sony Pictures Production President Michael De Luca. »
- Uncle Creepy
2Nd Update, 12:01 Pm Pt: After much back and forth Saturday involving Sony, Universal and a last-ditch overture from Warner Bros, Sony finally closed its deal for Winter’s Knight, the Viking-mythology-tinged origin story of St. Nick and Christmas. Sony emerged as front-runner when it agreed to pay $1 million to newbie scribes Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton, for the biggest spec sale of this year so far. That was the easy part. Deals were then made for producers Marc Platt and Lawrence Grey. More challenging was making a deal with the white hot Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, but that effort was led by incoming Sony Pictures Production President Michael De Luca. His persuasive pitch was that he plans to bring in the next generation of emerging filmmakers, much the way he did at ’90s New Line with the likes of David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson. That, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Ending a bidding war that saw many of the major studios in play, Sony has landed the Saint Nick-Christmas origins spec script “Winter’s Knight,” with “Kon-Tiki” helmers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg attached to direct.
Sources say Sony paid $1 million for the spec, an origin tale of Saint Nicholas and how Christmas came to be.
Ronning and Sandberg are repped by UTA while Lustig and Thornton are repped by Wme.
- Justin Kroll
Sony has won the bidding war to pick up Winter’s Knight, the Viking-themed reimagining of Santa Claus. The hot package hit the town Thursday evening and caused an immediate bidding war, generating interest from Warner Bros., Disney and Universal, among others. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies The script is by relative newcomers in the scribe world, Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton, but has Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg attached as directors. Lawrence Grey and Marc Platt are on board as producers. How hot is the project? Sources say Knight is a $1 million
- Borys Kit
One time Skins star O’Connell will next be seen in the sword and sandals sequel 300: Rise of an Empire and the Bifa winning drama Starred Up both of which open March.
- Gary Collinson
Variety reports that O'Connell has landed a leading part in the film, which will chronicle the origins of the famous British intelligence agency MI6.
It was recently reported that he may return to star in This Is England '90 as his character Pukey from the original movie.
He will next be seen in 300: Rise of an Empire. »
"Section 6" has landed its lead in the star of the upcoming Angelina Jolie-directed drama "Unbroken" which is based on "Seabiscuit" author Laura Hillenbrand's novel of the same title. Universal distribute the film after picking up the Aaron Berg spec script which follows the origins of British intelligence agency MI6, that was founded during the first World War I. Variety reports that there's no director on board as yet for the "Section 6" which is being produced by Marc Platt as well as Adam Siegel via Marc Platt Productions, as well as Grey Matter Productions' Lawrence Grey. »
The story deals with the formation of British spy agency MI6 during World War I, and its first director Sir George Mansfield Cummings (the inspiration for M in the James Bond series).
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Aaron Berg wrote the script, which the studio acquired in October after a heated bidding war, that also landed on the 2013 Black List. The story centers on the formation of British spy agency MI6 during World War I, and its first director, Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who served as the inspiration for M in Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. No details were given for Jack O'Connell's character.
The project doesn't have a director attached at this time, with the studio set to begin its search for a filmmaker in the near future. Lawrence Grey, who helped develop the script with Aaron Berg, is producing alongside Marc Platt and Adam Siegel. No production schedule was given at this time. »
Universal recently won a heated bidding war for the Aaron Berg spec that chronicles the origins of MI6, the famous British intelligence agency that was founded during World War I. No director is attached.
O’Connell is repped by CAA.
The Wrap first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
Universal Pictures must like what they are seeing of Jack O'Connell in director Angelina Jolie's Unbroken , as the studio has cast the 23-year-old British actor in their upcoming spy movie Section 6 . Aaron Berg's script for the film came in at No. 2 on last year's Black List of unproduced screenplays and is described as follows: An exploration of the formation of Great Britain's secret intelligence agencey, Military Intelligence, Section 6, known more commonly as MI6. Lawrence Grey, who developed the script with Berg, will produce with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions. Jon Mone and Sara Scott will oversee the project for Universal. O.Connell can next be seen in Warner Bros.' 300: Rise of an Empire . (Photo Credit: Getty Images) »
Director: Ryan Gosling
Writer: Ryan Gosling
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
I’d bet that a little creative process seasoning by the likes of two-time partnerships with Nicolas Winding Refn and Derek Cianfrance might have ultimately pushed Ryan Gosling to move in front of the camera with what sounds like an ambitious, genre-bending project. The picky Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers, Enter the Void) lenses.
Gist: Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive. »
- Eric Lavallee
Warner Bros. Pictures' "Winter's Tale" has several new clips up from the fantasy drama thriller starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Matt Bomer, William Hurt and Kevin Durant. Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. Akiva Goldsman directs as wel as adapting the script from the novel by Mark Helprin. Goldsman also produces alongside Marc Platt, with executive producers being Bruce Berman and Kerry Foster. »
Warner Bros' "Winter's Tale" fantasy directed by Akiva Goldsman, has new photos up. The film stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Matt Bomer, William Hurt and Kevin Durant. Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. Goldsman also wrote the script, adapted from the novel by Mark Helprin. The film opens February 14th, 2014 and is produced by Michael Tadross, Marc Platt and Goldsman. »
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, Winter’S Tale is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil.
The film stars Colin Farrell (“Saving Mr. Banks”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). “Winter’s Tale” also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s “Once”).
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- Movie Geeks
Walt Disney Pictures is bringing 14 movies to the big screen next year, with the studio releasing their 2014 preview that includes new photos and official synopses for The Wind Rises, Need for Speed, Muppets Most Wanted, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bears, Million Dollar Arm, Maleficent, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Big Hero 6, McFarland and Into the Woods.
The Wind Rises - February 21 (limited), February 28 (expanded)
In The Wind Rises, Jiro (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voiced by Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great »
17 items from 2014
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