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Exclusive: StudioCanal has snapped up rights to journalist Mitch Swenson’s true-story novella The Tracking Of A Russian Spy that will be produced by Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman’s The Picture Company. It marks the second deal for the new shingle since its formation; earlier this month, StudioCanal acquired rights to Tom Wood’s Victor the Assassin books for Pierre Morel to helm and Picture Company to produce with Sentient Entertainment.
Russian Spy, first published on the literary site Thought Catalog, will be adapted by Charles Cumming. It centers on a secret romance Swenson had with Katya, a young and mysterious Russian woman he met in a New York nightclub. She disappeared suddenly after the arrest in 2010 of 10 Russian Americans who were charged with spying for the Kremlin. Swenson traveled to Moscow to uncover who his love really was, leading him down a rabbit hole of intrigue and shadow government operations deep within Russia. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Universal Pictures has optioned the film rights to “Let It Snow,” a short story collection written by “The Fault In Our Stars” author John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Each story is set during a Christmas Eve snowstorm, which means Universal may develop the project as a holiday release. Also read: Cara Delevingne Joins John Green Adaptation ‘Paper Towns’ Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce under their Universal-based banner Bluegrass Films. Universal's senior VP of production Kristin Lowe and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio, while Alexa Faigen will oversee for Bluegrass Films. »
- Jeff Sneider
“Let It Snow” is a compilation novel comprising three separate holiday romance stories that intertwine with one another.
UTA negotiated the film deal.
Green is repped by Writer’s House, Johnson is repped KT Literary and Myracle is repped by Bg Literary.
- Justin Kroll
Morgan Freeman will be spending some time helping out a foul-mouthed teddy bear. The actor has joined the cast of Ted 2, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Seth MacFarlane returns to write, direct and voice the obscene teddy bear while Mark Wahlberg will return to star. Amanda Seyfried has also joined the cast of Universal and Mrc's sequel. Ted 2 is currently filming and is produced by Scott Stuber. It's slated for release on June 26, 2015. Ted, which hit theaters in June 2012, went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated film of the year and the
- Rebecca Ford
While no specific story details have been given, insiders claim Morgan Freeman is playing an iconic civil rights lawyer who helps Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) take care of some legal issues. Director Seth MacFarlane wanted a major star for this role, and he had reportedly been eyeing Morgan Freeman all along.
Mark Wahlberg is returning as John Bennett, a grown man with a talking teddy bear as his best friend. Amanda Seyfried joined the cast in February as the female lead, with a majority of the Ted supporting cast returning as well, including Mila Kunis, Patrick Warburton and Jessica Barth. Our February report revealed that Mila Kunis, who played John's girlfriend Lori, will have a much smaller role in the sequel.
Variety reports that the rest »
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but sources say Freeman would play an iconic civil rights lawyer who comes into the picture when Ted needs to resolve some legal issues.
Seth MacFarlane, who is back writing, directing and voicing the titular vulgar teddy bear, was said to be looking for high-profile actor to join the cast in a fun role and showed interest in Freeman from the start.
Currently filming in Boston, “Ted 2″ stars Mark Wahlberg and the the majority of the original supporting cast. Actress Amanda Seyfried has also joined the R-rated comedy, and several pop culture and A-list cameos expected in the sequel.
- Justin Kroll
While Mary-Kate Olsen and fiancé Olivier Sarkozy have managed to keep much of their romance private, the pair stepped out in the Hamptons over the weekend and weren't too shy to share some Pda. Olsen, 28, and Sarkozy, 45, hit up the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's third annual Paddle & Party for Pink benefit in North Haven, New York, Saturday night, which raised $1.5 milliion. "Olivier was very, very publicly affectionate with Mary-Kate - very playful," a fellow partygoer tells People. "They were kissing [and] touching. They just seemed happy to be together in this beautiful environment." At the party - held at designer Lisa Perry »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
The SyFy Channel has announced that director Wolfgang Peterson (Das Boot, The Neverending Story, Troy, Air Force One) and Scott Stuber (Safe House, Ted) are set to develop a series based on the John Scalzi book The Ghost Brigades, which is part of the Hugo Award nominated Old Man's War universe book series.
The story follows John Perry, "who at 75, enlists into the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man's expansion into the cosmos. Technology allows experiences and consciousness to be transplanted into younger bodies that are outfitted to endure the harsher rigors of war in space. However, soon after John arrives, he finds himself involved with a mysterious woman, and at the same time, at the center of an unraveling conspiracy involving an elite fighting force known as The Ghost Brigades."
- Joey Paur
Syfy is launching another science-fiction series with its adaption of John Scalzi's "Ghost Brigades," which is based on his "Old Man's War" books. Wolfgang Petersen, who helmed such films as "Das Boot" and "Troy," is spearheading the project along with "Safe House" producer Scott Stuber; Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig ("The Thirst") will script. "Ghost Brigades" centers on John Perry, a 75-year-old soldier serving in a long-running war as mankind -- who can now transfer consciousness into younger bodies -- expands its influence into deep space. Perry quickly finds himself attracted to a mysterious woman while a conspiracy unfolds involving the Ghost Brigades, an elite military force. Universal Cable Productions, Radiant Productions and Bluegrass Films will produce the project. "Old »
Syfy has begun development of "Ghost Brigades," a TV drama series based on John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" universe book series which will be produced by Universal Cable Productions, Radiant Productions and Bluegrass Films.
Filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen ("Troy," "The Perfect Storm") will oversee the project's development. Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig will pen the first script, while Scott Stuber ("Safe House") will produce.
The story follows 75-yer-old John Perry who enlists in the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man's expansion into the cosmos. Technology allows his mind to be transplanted into a younger body built to withstand the harshness of fighting a war in space.
"Old Man's War" was first published in 2005 and scored a Hugo Award nomination in 2006. Four further books followed, the second going by the name "Ghost Brigades". An attempt was made to turn the series into a film at Paramount Pictures »
- Garth Franklin
Show is based on the “Old Man’s War” universe book series about John Perry, who, at age 75, enlists into the Colonial Defense Force to fight a war for man’s expansion into the cosmos. Technology in the universe allows experiences and consciousness to be transplanted into younger bodies, which are outfitted to endure the rigors of war in space. Soon after John arrives, he finds himself involved with a mysterious woman — and at the center of an unraveling conspiracy involving the elite fighting force known as the Ghost Brigades.
Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig have also signed on to pen the pilot. Universal Cable Productions is set to produce the series for the cabler, along with Petersen’s Radiant Productions and Stuber’s Bluegrass Films. »
- Shelli Weinstein
Syfy has snatched up another acclaimed sci-fi novel. John Scalzi’s Hugo Award-nominated Old Man’s War series is being developed into a TV show at the network. Bonus: Syf has brought on a respected heavy-hitter producer for the project—two-time Oscar nominee Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, Air Force One), along with fellow producer Scott Stuber (Safe House, Ted). Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (both developing a Winter’s Knight film) have signed to write the pilot.
The project will be titled Ghost Brigades. (You had to figure a title like Old Man’s War would be the first thing »
- James Hibberd
Syfy is continuing to ramp up its sci-fi fare. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has put into development Ghost Brigades, a drama based on John Scalzi's Hugo-nominated Old Man's War universe book series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The NeverEnding Story's Wolfgang Petersen will oversee development on the project alongside Scott Stuber (Safe House), with Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (Winter's Knight) on board to pen the first script. The drama hails from Universal Cable Productions, Petersen's Radiant Productions and Stuber's Bluegrass Films. Story Syfy's Plan: More Space Operas, Less 'Sharknado' Ghost Brigades follows John Perry, who at
- Lesley Goldberg
The duo, known for TV hits like “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.,” are currently in production on summer sudser “The Astronaut Wives Club,” which ABC picked up in a 10-episode straight-to-series order earlier this year and for which Savage penned the pilot. (The team moved Fake Empire from Warners to ABC in 2013).
- Justin Kroll
The production partners have agreed with Imax for the latter to release up to 15 of their films through 2017.
The extension incorporates Imax into Universal and Legendary’s release strategy for their tentpole roster, which includes Dracula Untold in October, Seventh Son in February 2015, Fast & Furious in April 2015, Jurassic World in June 2015, Everest in September 2015, Crimson Peak in October 2015 and Warcraft in March 2016.
“The IMAX platform has performed over and over again for Legendary, and through this deal we will continue to deliver an unparalleled filmed entertainment experience, as well as showcase the work of our directors in a way that resonates with audiences around the world,” said Legendary chairman and CEO Thomas Tull.
“Universal and our partners at Legendary are committed to the tentpole business and this deal ensures audiences will experience our films in the unparalleled environment of an IMAX »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Western should have died years ago. A vestige of an era before we had 50 states, it is a genre of stories about impolitic men in the age of the politically correct, about riding horses in a car culture and about traversing unsettled land that has long since urbanized. A quintessentially American genre, the Western's commercial appeal should be limited now that other countries dominate the movie business. So why did Media Rights Capital, Scott Stuber and Seth MacFarlane — the same savvy trio that made “Ted” — make a Western? Because the genre is riding high commercially and artistically. And because. »
- Lucas Shaw
Story is based on investigative journalist Gary Webb’s stories alleging the CIA’s involvement in the spread of crack cocaine in Los Angeles — and the consequences Webb faces for his whistle-blowing.
“National security and crack cocaine in the same sentence — does that not seem strange to you?” Renner asks early in the trailer.
Rosemarie DeWitt, Lucas Hedges, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are also starring. Producers are Scott Stuber, Renner and Naomi Despres.
- Dave McNary
Paris — Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz is in negotiations to join Robert Pattinson and Robert De Niro for Olivier Assayas’ sprawling Chicago-set gangster drama “Idol's Eye,” which is due to start shooting in the fall.
Charles Gillibert at Paris-based CG Cinema is lead-producing the film with American partners Benaroya Pictures, which is financing and producing, as well as Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya. Ben Sachs is exec producing for Benaroya Pictures. Previously titled “Hubris,” the project is based on a 2007 Playboy article called “Boosting The Big Tuna” by Hillel Levin. It follows a group of thieves who rob a man who turns out to be Chicago mafia boss Tony Accardo. Script is penned by Assayas, who won a Golden Globe for “Carlos the Jackal,” his mini-series starring Edgar Ramirez as Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez.
International Film Trust, the outfit topped »
- Elsa Keslassy
Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson are set to star in director Olivier Assayas' Idol's Eye for Benaroya Pictures. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it's being described as a "sophisticated" heist/action-thriller. Principal photography is scheduled to begin this October in Chicago and Toronto. Assayas' current dramatic project, Clouds of Sils Maria starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz, opens December 1st here in the states. De Niro next stars in writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz's boxing biopic Hands of Stone, while Pattinson next stars in writer-director Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert. Hit the jump for more. Full details follow in the press release for Idol's Eye: Robert Pattinson And Robert De Niro Headline Cast Of ‘Idol’S Eye’ From Benaroya Pictures International Film Trust to handle foreign sales leading into Toronto Los Angeles, CA (May 27, 2014)— Benaroya Pictures has announced today that they »
- Dave Trumbore
Benaroya Pictures has announced today that they are now on board to produce and finance director Olivier Assayas' Idol's Eye, with a confirmed cast that includes Robert Pattinson and Robert De Niro. Charles Gillibert developed and produced the project with CG Cinema, Bluegrass Films' Scott Stuber, Film 360's Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya, with Ben Sachs executive producing for Benaroya Pictures. The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in October in Chicago and Toronto.
The plot elements are currently under wraps, but it has been described as a sophisticated, heist action/thriller.
International Film Trust, which was co-founded by Benaroya, will be handling foreign sales of the title heading into the summer and the Toronto International Film Festival under the helm of Ift President, Christian de Gallegos. CAA, which arranged financing for the film, will represent domestic rights along with Wme.
Assayas had the »
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