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5 items from 2007

NL exercises rights to 'Rite'

19 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- New Line Cinema has taken possession of "The Rite", the true story of an American priest who studied at an exorcism school in Italy.

Contrafilm's Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson will produce a feature film based on the upcoming nonfiction book by Rome-based journalist Matt Baglio. Michael Petroni signed on to write the adapted screenplay before the writers strike. Fletcher & Parry Films will co-produce with Contrafilm.

Baglio was allowed to follow a young priest during months of training with a senior exorcist at a school affiliated with the Vatican. "Rite", now subtitled "The Making of a Modern Day Exorcist," is set for publication by Doubleday in early 2009.

Although the book is not finished and the screenplay won't be completed until after the strike, the film is expected to include scenes of exorcisms based on the priest's experiences.

Petroni is a natural fit for the material, having written screenplays involving the Catholic Church ("The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys") and the supernatural (Yari Film Group's upcoming "Possession").

Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and Merideth Finn will oversee the project for New Line. »

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Paramount Vantage picks Glosserman to Play 'House'

12 July 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon was the horror indie film that could and was perhaps the calling card that writer/director Scott Glosserman needed to get his foot in the door. Now Variety reports that  Paramount Vantage will back a his pitch.Written by Glosserman and Macy Raymond, Playing House revolves around a young couple who are preyed upon when they occupy an empty island mansion. ContraFilm's Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing. This is a first of sorts for Paramount's indie arm - they showed horror with Al Gore's docu, but this is a step into an already crowded field with Lionsgate and Dimension Films churning out this sort of stuff on a regular basis. »

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Rockwell & Huston learn 'Choke' hold

12 July 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Among the advantages of being an actor who is casting the leads for his directorial debut is being able to call up buddies an asking for that favor or having the ability of knowing first-hand who can deliver on screen. In a casting choice that seems fit, as recently proven in his performance in Snow Angels, if there is someone who knows how to plays addiction it is the off-center talent of thesp Sam Rockwell. Rockwell and Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald and Brad Henke are climbing aboard the Chuck Palahniuk novel to big screen adaptation of Choke – a film that actor Clark Gregg has been prepping for a while now. Principal photography begins this week in New Jersey. Based on the New York Times best-seller, this falls in the vein of the black comedy and follows Victor Mancini (Rockwell), a sex addict who works as a Colonial War re-enactor »

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Vantage moves into haunted 'House'

12 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paramount Vantage has pre-emptively picked up Playing House, a horror project that Scott Glosserman will direct and co-write with Macy Raymond, who penned the original short story that the film will be based on.

Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson's Contrafilm are producing along with Glosserman.

The plot revolves around a down-on-their-luck young couple who are preyed upon when they inhabit a seemingly deserted island mansion.

Chad Hamilton, Ben Cottner and Rachel Eggebeen are overseeing for Vantage.

Glosserman most recently co-wrote and directed the horror comedy Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, which had its premiere at last year's South by Southwest Film Festival. Anchor Bay recently released the movie theatrically.

Glosserman is repped by Endeavor and Nine Yards. »

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Tillman leads 'Siege' at DW

15 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

George Tillman Jr. has signed on to direct DreamWorks' The Siege of Fulton Avenue, which is being produced by Contrafilm. State Street Pictures, Tillman and Robert Teitel's banner, also is producing.

The story is set on the eve of high school graduation, when seniors throw an epic house party. The party spins out of control, causing the police to be called. When the kids refuse to stop the party, the night becomes a defining moment for the teenagers inside as they struggle with their fears of growing up.

The script is based on a New York magazine article by David Amsden that is based on an actual event. Jeff Roda wrote the script.

David Beaubaire and Ashley Brucks at DreamWorks are overseeing.

Producing are Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm as well as State Street's Teitel.

Contrafilm is behind The Number 23, which opens Feb. 23.

CAA-repped Tillman most recently directed 2000's Men of Honor. State Street produced the successful Barbershop film series as well as its spinoff Beauty Shop. The company also produced Roll Bounce. »

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