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A cinematic adaptation of the Six Million Dollar Man has been in the works for two decades now. Kevin Smith tried his hand at a script, Bob Weinstein waxed lyrical about the possibilities of a franchise, and Jim Carrey and Todd Phillips thought about making a comedy version. None of these ever came to fruition, but TWC Dimension announced details about Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg.s adaptation, and in the process confirmed how it will differ from the television version. A press release from the studio announcing that producers Mark Whalberg, Stephen Levinson, and Bob Weinstein hired Oscar-nominated filmmaker Damian Szifron to write the blockbuster, teased: The story follows military officer, Steve Austin, who becomes part of a top secret government program after a horrific accident leaves him near death. With the help of cutting edge technology, Steve is brought back to life with extraordinary strengths, making him the »
The story follows military officer Steve Austin as he is transformed into the world’s first bionic man following a near-fatal accident.
“He subsequently shared how he envisioned a modern retelling of the story with a new and unique vision. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and I couldn’t be more excited that he has come on board to write the script.”
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Oscar-nominated scribe Damian Szifron ("Wild Tales") will write the screenplay for Peter Berg's upcoming "Six Billion Dollar Man" film at TWC-Dimension.
Based on the classic TV series "The Six Million Dollar Man" and its original novel "Cyborg" by Martin Caidin, the story follows a military officer named Steve Austin who becomes part of a top secret government program after a horrific accident leaves him near death.
With the help of cutting edge technology, Steve is brought back to life with extraordinary strengths, making him the world's first truly bionic man. Mark Wahlberg is slated to star as Austin in the project which he will also produce with Stephen Levinson and Bob Weinstein.
In a statement, Szifron says: "I couldn't be more honored and grateful. Such a major challenge represents a great opportunity. The themes surrounding this beloved property allow for the creation of a memorable sci-fi actioner as well as a bold spy thriller. »
- Garth Franklin
He will write the screenplay for "Six Billion Dollar Man" for the "Lone Survivor" team of producer-star Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg and Dimension Films. Based on the classic television series, “The Six Million Dollar Man” and the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, the story follows military officer Steve Austin, who becomes part of a top secret government program after he is reconstructed into a bionic man after an accident almost kills him. Wahlberg, Steven Levinson and Bob Weinstein will produce the film for release by TWC-Dimension. “The themes surrounding this beloved property allow for the creation of a memorable sci-fi actioner as well as a bold spy thriller," said Szifron, who was a fan of the series as a kid and pitched his vision of a modern retelling of the story. »
- Anne Thompson
Peter Berg will direct the movie. “Wild Tales,” which Szifron wrote and directed, was nominated for best foreign language film at this year’s Academy Awards.
“Six Billion Dollar Man” is based on the television series “The Six Million Dollar Man” and the novel “Cyborg” by Martin Caidin. The story follows military officer Steve Austin, who is brought back to life after a severe accident and becomes part of a top-secret government program that gives him extraordinary strength.
“When I met with Damian I was so happy to learn that growing up as a kid he was a fan of ‘The Six Million Dollar Man,'” Weinstein said in a statement. “He subsequently shared how he envisioned a modern retelling of the story »
- Dave McNary
Damián Szifron, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind “Wild Tales,” will write the screenplay for the Mark Wahlberg movie “Six Billion Dollar Man,” which Peter Berg is set to direct for TWC-Dimension, it was announced Tuesday. Szifron wrote and directed “Wild Tales,” which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Bob Weinstein will produce the movie, which is based on the classic TV series “The Six Million Dollar Man” and the novel “Cyborg” by Martin Caidin. Also Read: 'Wild Tales' Review: Oscar-Nominated Anthology Spins Darkly Hilarious Vignettes The story follows military officer Steve Austin, »
- Jeff Sneider
Press Release -- "An Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed horror comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern).
Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him and Evan’s boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands »
- Derek Anderson
MTV’s small-screen reboot of Scream unleashed the first pieces of its marketing campaign earlier this week. A handful of teaser trailers signalled that we’re no longer in the fresh terrain of Wes Craven’s 1996 original movie. No, now we’re in a world that’s all-too-familiar with the tropes of horror, to the point where it’s becoming a trope in itself. Self-self-reflexivity? I’m sure that’s not where Kevin Williamson imagined his script would lead some twenty years down the line. Nevertheless, Scream is heading back to us this summer, and along with that fresh youthful cast all waiting to get sliced and diced, there’s another few changes in store.
Namely, the striking look of the series’ killer, Ghostface. The iconic mask worn by every killer in all four movies has been cast aside by MTV in favor of what network VP Mina Lefevre has »
- Gem Seddon
"Everyone has secrets, everyone tells lies, and everyone is fair game." MTV recently revealed that the Scream TV series will slash its way onto the small screen on June 30th and now the first trailer and promos for the show have debuted, giving us a look at the meta-horror moments to come.
"What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town's troubled past."
The show’s pilot is helmed by Jamie Travis (Faking It) from a script by Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Criminal Minds, Revenge). Dimension Films and The Weinstein Co. are backing the project, with Harvey and Bob Weinstein executive producing along with Craven, Marianne Maddalena, and Cathy Konrad.
- Derek Anderson
Ever dream of running into Jon Bon Jovi while strolling through a small-town supermarket? Dreams like these will become reality television on TWC-Dimension’s new series “If I Wasn’t a Rock Star.”
The series will follow rockers as they return to their hometowns sans armies of agents and publicists, forcing them to consider how their lives would differ out of the spotlight.
“I was drawn to this project simply because it will be a celebration of the working men and women of this country. They are the real rock stars,” Bon Jovi said in a statement.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to »
- Marianne Zumberge
Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein announced today that they have acquired the highly sought after mining drama Gold, inspired by the true story about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal where large amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. The film will be released under their TWC-Dimension banner.  Directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), Gold stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as a failing businessman and prospector that teams up with a luckless geologist/explorer played by Edgar Ramirez.  The duo heads into the Indonesian jungle on the trail of undiscovered gold.
Written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman, Gold is being produced and financed by Black Bear Pictures.  Black Bear's Teddy Schwarzman will produce alongside Hwy61's Michael Nozik, Massett, Zinman and McConaughey.  Hwy61 partner Paul Haggis will executive produce with Richard Middleton and Black Bear's Ben Stillman. Said Schwarzman and Nozik:
"We are beyond thrilled to »
As Harvey Weinstein finds himself brought in for some uncomfortable questioning by the New York City Police Department, his brother Bob Weinstein has laid out a reported $15-million minimum guarantee to win U.S. rights in a CAA bidding war for "Syriana" director Steve Gaghan's mining drama "Gold," a movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez that is going into production in June in Thailand, New York and New Mexico. Advance footage was screened for buyers in Berlin. Open Road, Focus Features and Stx were reportedly in the bidding. Numbers are escalating as new buyers drive up prices in this heated sellers market; Netflix recently outbid Focus Features, buying world rights to Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" for $12 million. TWC-Dimension is also committing to a P&A guarantee of more than $20 million to support a theatrical release on some 2500 screens. This kind of commitment is unusual these days »
- Anne Thompson
A rare romance from the typically dark imagination of children’s book author Roald Dahl, “Esio Trot” spells more than just “tortoise” backwards, but an evening of warm-fuzzy feelings all around as Dustin Hoffman’s Mr. Hoppy devises an elaborate scheme to woo the chelonian-loving widow downstairs, as played by Judi Dench. Commissioned as a New Year’s telepic for British TV, this delightful family offering is already making its way to homevideo in several European markets, but could potentially support a more substantial treatment Stateside, if someone were to shell out for theatrical (exec producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein bought all other U.S. rights).
Judging by Hoffman and Dench’s involvement alone, this is no ordinary TV movie. Co-written by “Love Actually’s” Richard Curtis (who shares credit with Paul Mayhew-Archer) and directed by smallscreen miracle worker Dearbhla Walsh (“Little Dorrit,” “Shameless”), the film has been crafted with »
- Peter Debruge
Terry Gilliam’s 2005 fantasy film The Brothers Grimm, which starred Matt Damon and the late Heath Ledger, is following in the footsteps of 12 Monkeys, Fargo and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, now that Ehren Kruger has been tasked with penning a TV adaptation for Miramax.
Kruger, the prolific scribe behind The Ring and the last three Transformers films, wrote the script for the original movie and will build off that origin story for the series. As with The Brothers Grimm, the show is expected to follow the adventures of brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm as they hunt supernatural entities in 19th century Europe.
“The tales of the Brothers Grimm are beloved around the world and offer an endless well of story and character to draw from. It’s a natural fit for television.”
- Isaac Feldberg
Remember Miramax? That was Harvey and Bob Weinstein's storied company named after their parents. Disney made the brothers leave it behind when they started The Weinstein Co. Since Qatar Holding purchased Miramax in 2010 (with the investor group led by Miramax Chairman Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.’s Colony Capital) Miramax has largely been a library and more recently a television and co-production play. Well, Hollywood veteran Zanne Devine, Miramax's Executive Vice President, Production and Development, is waking up the little studio, partnering with indie distributor Roadside Attractions on Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, which is opening in Summer 2015. (Trailer below.) Read More: "Sherlock" Will Film in 2015 His version of the story begins in 1947 when an aging Holmes (McKellen) returns from Japan, where he was seeking a restorative plant and witnessed the devastation of »
- Anne Thompson
Now, almost 17 years later, Christopher has finally managed to complete the version of “54” that everyone signed up to make in the first place: the story of three friends — a busboy (Ryan Phillippe), a bartender (Breckin Meyer) and a coat-check girl (Salma Hayek) — and the sordid love triangle that nearly tore them apart, set against the glittery excess of New York’s Studio 54 dance club. That was the version everyone shot, until a set of disastrous test screenings changed the film’s fate forever.
“It was a movie ahead of its time,” Christopher mused, his back to a giant screen on which a shirtless Phillippe stands bathed in blue light. He spoke to Variety at Chase Sound by Deluxe in Los Angeles, less »
- Peter Debruge
The Weinstein Company secures sale of drama starring Helen Mirren, set to world premiere at Berlinale.
German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking European rights, excluding Switzerland, to historical drama Woman In Gold from The Weinstein Company (TWC).
The deal was negotiated by Al Munteanu and Ingrid Pittana for SquareOne Entertainment with TWC.
Directed by Simon Curtis‘ (My Week With Marilyn), the film stars Oscar-winner Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl. Co-stars include Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Katie Holmes and Max Irons.
The film will have its world premiere at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival (Feb 5-15) where the film debuts as a Berlinale Special Gala.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell wrote Woman In Gold, which is produced by David M. Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier, executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for TWC, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
It tells the true story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes »
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London — German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking European rights, excluding Switzerland, to Simon Curtis’ historical drama “Woman in Gold” from The Weinstein Company. The film will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, where it debuts as a Berlinale Special Gala.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell wrote the screenplay. Pic is produced by David M. Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier. It is executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for The Weinstein Company, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
“Woman in Gold” is the true story of a woman’s fight to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her »
- Leo Barraclough
Executives “have a brilliant eye for the exact caliber of film and television content,” Harvey Weinstein said
The Weinstein Company has promoted Negeen Yazdi to president of International Production and Dan Guando to executive vice president of Acquisitions, Production & Development, the company announced Friday.
“Negeen and Dan have a brilliant eye for the exact caliber of film and television content that fits with the TWC name. We’re so proud to have had them here over the years and look forward to continuing »
- Matt Donnelly
Bichir plays one of the eight in the “Bob” role. The other seven roles in the post-Civil War western: Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, Kurt Russell as John “The Hangman” Ruth, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as Joe Gage and Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers.
It’s Tarantino’s eighth feature and the follow-up to “Django Unchained,” which grossed over $425 million worldwide. The story is set on a wintry Wyoming landscape as »
- Dave McNary
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