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Netflix left its mark at Cannes yesterday by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to Kevin James action-comedy The True Memoirs of an International Assassin. The purchase furthers the streaming service’s aggressive forays into feature distribution, especially given that the budget is said to be on the scale of other James titles, including Sony Pictures’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Zookeeper.
Under the terms of the deal, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin will be presented as a “Netflix event,” debuting exclusively on the streaming service next year and entirely circumventing a theatrical release. Major theater chains like AMC and Regal have been vocal in their opposition to Netflix failing to observe the traditional release model of a theatrical bow followed by home media release, so one can imagine those companies are none-too-happy to hear about the streaming service’s latest acquisition.
- Isaac Feldberg
After much debate in the run-up to and at the Cannes Film Festival about its impact on the film business, Netflix finally got out its checkbook and acquired a film: Kevin James comedy The True Memoirs Of An International Hit Man. It will be produced and financed by Merced Media and Palmstar Media. Kick-Ass 2 helmer Jeff Wadlow will direct the Black List script by Jeff Morris. James, coming off the Paul Blart Mall Cop sequel, puts away the Segway and plays a mild-mannered… »
Netflix has made its first big splash at the Cannes Film Festival by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the upcoming Kevin James comedy “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” Variety has learned.
The purchase, which is in final negotiations, is a formidable coup for Netflix as it continues to build on its reputation in the realm of distributing original films.
Under the deal, “Assassin” will be presented as a Netflix event in 2016, meaning it will debut exclusively on the streaming service and not in theaters. The budget for the production will be considerable, according to a source, and on par with other James movies made by major studios like Sony Pictures. The figures for the deal were not disclosed.
In the comedy, James plays an accountant mistaken for an assassin when a novel he’s writing is accidentally published as nonfiction, forcing him to flee to Belize. “Assassin” will »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Unless you are a committed X-Men fan, we imagine your first thought was: 'Who are the New Mutants?'
Not wanting to see you left in the dark, here is our beginner's guide to everything you need to know about the New Mutants:
Simply put, the New Mutants was a training group for young X-Men.
The New Mutants comic was introduced at the height of the '80s X-Men craze, when Marvel's mighty mutants were the biggest property in comics.
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"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm is set to star in the action thriller "High Wire Act" for Radar Pictures. Brad Anderson ("The Machinist," "Session 9") helms from a script by Tony Gilroy. Ted Field and Mike Weber will produce.
Hamm plays a former Us diplomat in 1980s Beirut who must save a colleague from the group that was possibly responsible for his own family's death. [Source: Screen]
The True Memoirs of an International Assassin
The story follows a mild-mannered accountant and fledgling author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. Trying to escape sudden fame and celebrity, he heads to Belize but is immediately entangled in an assassination plot. »
- Garth Franklin
Kevin James.s latest comedy, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, may not be the runaway success of the previous film, but it.s found decent box office success, raking in $76 million worldwide so far. We.re used to seeing him as a schluby, bumbling everyman, but for his next role, James is up to something very different, playing a real life assassin, or at least someone mistaken for one. Deadline reports that the star of such films as Here Comes the Boom and Grown Ups is set to headline The True Memoirs of an International Assassin. Jeff Wadlow, who helmed the superhero sequel Kick-Ass 2, will direct. The script comes from Jeff Morris, and landed on a recent edition of the Black List, an annual collection of the best, as-yet-unproduced scripts floating around Hollywood. That right there is enough to indicate that this movie, if handled in the right way, »
Fresh off of saving the day in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Kevin James is getting called to action-hero greatness once more. James is set to star in The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, about a normal dude who gets mixed up in a crazy assassination plot. Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) will direct the action-comedy […]
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- Angie Han
Merced Media has put its second sales title into the market and brought on Good Universe to handle pre-sales on comedy The True Memoirs Of An International Assassin.
Kevin James will play a mild-mannered accountant who is mistaken for a killer and becomes embroiled in an assassination plot in Belize after his novel about a hitman is published as a true story.
Merced Media, the $500m fund launched late last year by »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
After stinking up the multiplex with Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 last month, is Kevin James finally searching for critical redemption? Nah, don’t think so. The actor has signed on to star in comedy The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, with Blart producer Todd Garner returning in the same capacity and Jeff Sussman (Zookeeper) exec-producing.
The pic, to be directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, the upcoming Masters of the Universe) from a Black List script by Jeff Morris, will center on a bumbling, mild-mannered accountant who tries his hand at novel-writing, only for his book about an international assassin to top the charts – as a non-fiction memoir. Bombarded by publicity and unsure of how to deal with a world that now believes him to be a stone-cold killer, he vacations in Belize. Predictably, he ends up snared in an actual assassination plot in the Central American country »
- Isaac Feldberg
In a pre-Cannes move, Kevin James has come on board to star in action-comedy “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin” for PalmStar Media and Global Film Group, with production starting in September.
Merced Media and PalmStar will finance. Good Universe will launch international sales at the upcoming Cannes market. Wme is handling U.S. rights.
Todd Garner and Kevin Frakes will produce alongside Raja Collins and Justin Begnaud of Global Film Group and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media. Hey Eddie’s Jeff Sussman and PalmStar Media’s Mark Fasano and Buddy Patrick will exec produce.
James will play a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. Trying to escape his sudden fame and celebrity, »
- Dave McNary
Kevin James will star in “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” which Jeff Wadlow will direct from an original Black List script by Jeff Morris, it was announced Wednesday by Merced Media principal and PalmStar Media CEO Kevin Frakes. James will play a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. Trying to escape his sudden fame and celebrity, he heads to Belize but is immediately entangled in an assassination plot. Thrown into a world of real danger, he must find a. »
- Jeff Sneider
Breaking: Kevin James is set to star in The True Memoirs Of An International Assassin, a comedy that will be produced and financed by Merced Media and PalmStar Media. Kick-Ass 2 helmer Jeff Wadlow will direct the Black List script by Jeff Morris. James, coming off the Paul Blart Mall Cop sequel, will put away the Segway and play a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin… »
Despite Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 bringing in substantially less than the first film, Kevin James will continue to get leading roles in major studio projects that play on his heavyset man-child shtick that doesn't seem to entertain anyone. Now, a screenplay on the prestigious Black List will become a star vehicle for James and will be directed by Kick-ass 2's Jeff Wadlow. Deadline reports that Kevin James will play the lead role in The True Memoirs Of An International »
- Alex Maidy
We’re excited about Valiant! The comics publisher does superheroes with a slightly more sci-fi bend, designed for fans looking for more sophisticated superhero adventures, and now their comic book heroes are heading to the multiplex. Sony announced a five-film Valiant package that kicks off with Bloodshot in 2017, a Bloodshot sequel, two movies based on the comic Harbinger, and a crossover event film titled Harbinger Wars. There’s already a slew of behind-the-scenes talent lined up for Bloodshot, according to Heat Vision. Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (John Wick) are slated to direct from a screenplay by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer. Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman, X-Men: First Class) and Jason Kothari will executive produce at least this first film, while Neal Moritz...
- John Gholson
In case you hadn't heard, Valiant Entertainment is gearing up to begin their own cinematic universe, and they're beginning with a five picture deal at Sony Pictures that will kick off with adaptations of their Bloodshot and Harbinger comics. The former will be the first to arrive, with an eye towards being released sometime in 2017, and THR reveals John Wick directing duo David Leitch & Chad Stahelski will be at the helm with a script from Kick-Ass 2 scribe Jeff Wadlow and The Thing remake writer Eric Heisserer. Even if you're not interested in Valiant comics, it's Leitch and Stahelski directing is great. For those who don't know, Bloodshot follows a soldier brought back from the dead by a secret government agency and turned into an unstoppable killing machine with no memory, not unlike a fantastical version of The Bourne Identity or a less hellish version of Spawn. This project has »
- Ethan Anderton
Back in March comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment announced that it is set to bring its properties to the big screen with the “largest independent superhero universe” in the world, and now we have details of the first two movies in development.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Wick directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are set to direct Bloodshot for release in 2017, with Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing) penning the script and Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: the Secret Service) executive producing. The film is based on the comic book of the same name, which tells the story of a soldier brought back from the dead as a weapon for a mysterious government agency.
Following Bloodshot will be an adaptation of Harbinger, which revolves around a group of super powered teen outcasts on the run from the Harbinger Foundation. Eric Heisserer will write the script, but as »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel and DC aren’t the only two comics companies churning out page-turning, pulpy action, and now they won’t be the only two studios duking it out for superiority on the big screen either.
Valiant Entertainment last month received a huge investment in their movie and TV development arm, and THR today reported that the comic publishing company has signed a five movie deal with Sony to bring two of their flagship titles, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to the big screen.
Bloodshot and Harbinger will each receive two films, with the first Bloodshot movie planned to arrive in 2017. The fifth film, Harbinger Wars, will bring the two properties together, effectively creating a Vcu to rival Marvel’s. This move was inspired by a 2013 crossover comic series of the same name.
This is an exciting move, as we’ve been interested in Valiant here at Sound on Sight for some time. »
- Brian Welk
Superhero films have never been more popular than they are now, and soon it won.t just be Marvel and DC leading the game. Last month, it was revealed that Valiant Entertainment has teamed up with Dmg Entertainment for a partnership deal that includes theatrical films for their characters. Now it.s been announced that Valiant signed a five-movie deal with Sony Pictures, and the first properties they.re bringing to the big screen are Bloodshot and Harbinger. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both properties will receive two feature films each before coming together for a fifth film titled Harbinger Wars, inspired by their 2013 comic book crossover. Bloodshot, which is aimed for release in 2017, will be directed John Wick duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, written by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer, and executive produced by Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari. No release date or director has been announced for »
Very cool news! More comic book movies from Hot publisher Valiant! I personally collect & read both Bloodshot & Ninjak which I highly recommend you do! The full press release below!
.Valiant Entertainment and Sony Pictures today announced a deal to bring two of Valiant’s award-winning comic book superhero franchises—Bloodshot and Harbinger—to the big screen over the course of five feature films that will culminate in the shared universe crossover film, Harbinger Wars.
Bloodshot, arriving in theaters in 2017, will kick off the five-picture plan leading to Harbinger Wars and will be directed by David Leitch & Chad Stahelski (John Wick) from a script by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (Story of Your Life). Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe from Original Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani from Valiant Entertainment will produce the film. Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will serve as executive producers. »
- El Mayimbe
As the power play between Marvel and DC Comics’ respective cinematic universes continues to vie for your attention, another competitor is about to enter the ring. Valiant Entertainment has struck a deal with Sony Pictures to create a new cinematic universe that’s set to be based on its own series of comic book titles, starting with Bloodshot in 2017 and ending with crossover title Harbinger Wars.
John Wick creative duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will direct Bloodshot from a script adapted by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (2011’s The Thing). And if that wasn’t impressive enough, you can also include producers Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass) and Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious franchise) in that veritable list of names.
- Gem Seddon
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