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The pic tells the story of two sisters coming of age in France on the eve of World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France. It was inspired by the story of a Belgian woman, Andrée de Jongh, who helped downed Allied pilots to escape Nazi territory.
The book has sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S. and is a New York Times Bestseller, spending 73 weeks and counting on the list. It’s being published in 39 languages, and topped several best of lists at publications including Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal and Goodreads. »
- Justin Kroll
Way back in 2013 it was reported that The Mark Gordon Company and The C.S. Lewis Company were developing a reboot of The Chronicles of Narnia franchise, bringing in Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee to pen an adaptation of The Silver Chair, and now Deadline is reporting that Sony-based TriStar Pictures has come on board to finance alongside Entertainment One.
“Developing this project with The C.S. Lewis Company has been immensely exciting and a real joy,” states Gordon. “We are so pleased to team up with our good friends at TriStar and our partners at eOne to introduce this new, magical chapter of the Narnia franchise to fans around the world, both old and new.”
“Reading The Chronicles of Narnia was one of the formative experiences of my childhood, just as it has been for children around the world for generations,” adds TriStar’s Hannah Minghella. “To have the opportunity »
- Gary Collinson
The Chronicles of Narnia will receive new life on screen as TriStar Pictures, the literary-focused label, has teamed with The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One (eOne) to continue the Narnia story in theaters with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. The picture will be financed by TriStar, eOne and The Mark Gordon Company with Sony and eOne distributing the picture. No release date has been given at this time.
The Mark Gordon Company and The C.S. Lewis Company are jointly developing and producing the film, adapted by David Magee, the two-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Life of Pi and Finding Neverland. Mark Gordon, C.S. Lewis' stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams serve as producers. With the move, the franchise, which has taken in nearly $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office, receives a new creative team that will tackle the continuing story with »
The film will be financed by TriStar, eOne, and the Mark Gordon Company, with Sony and eOne distributing the movie. Mark Gordon, C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams will produce the film.
David Magee is adapting the script.
This will be the third studio and fourth go around for the series with Disney producing the first two and Fox handling the most recent film, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” The seven novels in the series have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
A makeover of the Sony Pictures Entertainment film marketing operation that began earlier this year gained steam Friday with the news that the unit’s president of domestic marketing, Dwight Caines, will be replaced by Christine Birch, who returned to the studio a little more than three months ago.
Josh Greenstein, Spe’s president of worldwide marketing and distribution, announced the management makeover in a memo to staff members. He said that Caines, whose contract is up this fall, “wanted to make a change and explore other opportunities after the ‘Ghostbusters’ marketing campaign is completed.”
The female-powered comedy remake premieres July 15 and Caines will leave later in the summer. Although insiders said Caines’ exit was voluntary, it had become clear since Greenstein lured Birch back to Sony — where she previously had worked for 12 years — that she and Caines had overlapping duties. A revamp seemed inevitable.
The email to staff Friday »
- James Rainey
5 items from 2016
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