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Go Inside The Gangster Squad

7 November 2008 8:44 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Every since the Cold War ended we've struggled to replace Russians as the token bad guys, and amid all the replacements that have cropped up, the strangest one has to be the Lapd. It seems like half the cop movies that come out in a given yeaer focus on corruption within the police department, from period noirs like L.A. Confidential to something like Training Day. Warner Bros. is heading into production on one of the latest Lapd stories, but it seems to have two key differences: it's a true story, and things might not be as black-and-white as they seem. Paul Lieberman's series of articles in the L.A. Times, "Tales From The Gangster Squad," will be turned into a feature, with Dan Lin producing. Variety says the movie will focus on a period in the mid-1940s when the Los Angeles police took it upon themselves to make »

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Warner Brothers Picks Up Tales From the Gangster Squad

7 November 2008 7:01 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Warner Brothers has acquired the rights to the La Times' editorial series "Tales From the Gangster Squad" about a Lapd squad put together in the 1940s to combat the mafia. Former exec Dan Lin will produce and is currently searching for screenwriters. The series, written by columnist Paul Lieberman, just concluded this past weekend with photos, video, and complete write-ups found in a section on their site titled Complete L.A. Noir. The story of the Gangster Squad sounds pretty fascinating and reminds me of The Untouchables, another story about a police squad put together to fight the mafia in Chicago. In 1946, in a chaotic and corrupt Los Angeles, gangsters brazenly engaged in shootouts and drive-by shootings. The Lapd put together the Gangster Squad with an "anything goes approach" to keep the East Coast Mafia out of the city. For a while hardly anyone knew this existed until Lieberman was »

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Warner Bros. gets rights to "Tales from the Gangster Squad"

6 November 2008 11:31 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Warner Bros. has acquired rights to "Tales From the Gangster Squad," an L.A. Times series in seven parts. Paul Lieberman wrote the series which focused on the creation in 1946 of the Gangster Squad, an Lapd formed group to keep the East Coast Mafia out of the corrupted city. Their "anything goes" way of tackling things, went on through the 1950s. Dan Lin of Lin Pictures will produce the feature adaptation and Jon Silik will act as a co-producer. Lin has been involved with other crime-based films - "The Departed" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" film »

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Warner Bros. gets rights to "Tales from the Gangster Squad"

6 November 2008 11:31 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Warner Bros. has acquired rights to "Tales From the Gangster Squad," an L.A. Times series in seven parts. Paul Lieberman wrote the series which focused on the creation in 1946 of the Gangster Squad, an Lapd formed group to keep the East Coast Mafia out of the corrupted city. Their "anything goes" way of tackling things, went on through the 1950s. Dan Lin of Lin Pictures will produce the feature adaptation and Jon Silik will act as a co-producer. Lin has been involved with other crime-based films - "The Departed" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" film »

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Warner Bros. gets rights to "Tales from the Gangster Squad"

6 November 2008 11:31 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Warner Bros. has acquired rights to "Tales From the Gangster Squad," an L.A. Times series in seven parts. Paul Lieberman wrote the series which focused on the creation in 1946 of the Gangster Squad, an Lapd formed group to keep the East Coast Mafia out of the corrupted city. Their "anything goes" way of tackling things, went on through the 1950s. Dan Lin of Lin Pictures will produce the feature adaptation and Jon Silik will act as a co-producer. Lin has been involved with other crime-based films - "The Departed" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" film which stars Robert Downey Jr. and is being directed by "RocknRolla" helmer Guy Ritchie. Lin Pictures is also on "Justice League" with Warner Bros.     »

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Warner Bros. gets rights to "Tales from the Gangster Squad"

6 November 2008 11:31 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Warner Bros. has acquired rights to "Tales From the Gangster Squad," an L.A. Times series in seven parts. Paul Lieberman wrote the series which focused on the creation in 1946 of the Gangster Squad, an Lapd formed group to keep the East Coast Mafia out of the corrupted city. Their "anything goes" way of tackling things, went on through the 1950s. Dan Lin of Lin Pictures will produce the feature adaptation and Jon Silik will act as a co-producer. Lin has been involved with other crime-based films - "The Departed" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" film »

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Downey, Law and Ritchie Start Sherlock Holmes

2 October 2008 9:41 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Robert Downey Jr. is still continuing this blockbuster pace. With Iron Man arriving on DVD, and Tropic Thunder still fresh in everyone's minds, Downey is set to begin production on the most famous detective of all time ... Principal photography is set to begin on location in London for the action adventure mystery “Sherlock Holmes,” being helmed by acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie, for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Robert Downey Jr. brings the legendary detective to life as he has never been portrayed before. Jude Law stars as Holmes’ trusted colleague, Watson, a doctor and war veteran who is a formidable ally for Sherlock Holmes. Rachel McAdams stars as Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have bested Holmes and who has maintained a tempestuous relationship with the detective. Mark Strong stars as their mysterious new adversary, Blackwood. Kelly Reilly will play Watson’s love interest, Mary. Based on »

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Rachel McAdams joins 'Sherlock Holmes'

25 September 2008 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Rachel McAdams will star opposite Robert Downey Jr. in "Sherlock Holmes," a reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's supersleuth that Guy Ritchie is directing for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow.

The movie, which will begin shooting next month, takes its cue from a forthcoming comic book that producer Lionel Wigram wrote as a selling tool for a new take on the classic character. The concept sees Holmes as more adventurous and less stuffy than previous screen incarnations and mines more obscure character traits.

Downey will play Holmes while Mark Strong ("RocknRolla") plays the main villain, Blackwood. Jude Law is portraying Holmes' colleague Watson.

McAdams plays Holmes' enigmatic love interest, Irene Adler, a character who appeared in Doyle's 1891 "A Scandal in Bohemia." While the character only appeared in that one story, McAdams' personage would return for any possible sequel.

Producing the film are Joel Silver, Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin. »

- By Borys Kit

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Jude Law is Watson in 'Sherlock Holmes'

19 September 2008 9:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jude Law is in talks to join Robert Downey Jnr. in Guy Ritchie's SHERLOCK HOLMES movie, so reports Variety.

The trade says that the British actor is in negotiations to play Dr. Watson in the film, which is produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin.

The film will be based on the classic stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Shooting on the film kicks off in London in October. »

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'Karma Coalition' Bought by Warners

11 September 2008 6:56 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Shawn Christensen, lead singer for stellastarr*, has sold a science fiction screenplay to Warner Bros. in a pre-emptive deal.  The studio, according to Variety, is fast tracking the project which they have assigned to producer Dan Lin.

Karma Coalition is said to be about a falsely accused fugitive who embarks on a quest to uncover the truth behind his wife's death before the world comes to an end. Christensen is said to have written this while recording the band’s forthcoming third album.

Lin is also producing several comic book-related projects such as the stalled Justice League film and the adaptation of Image’s Hiding in Time. Lin is also a listed executive producer on the studio’s Terminator Salvation.

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- Robert Greenberger

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WB Digs Rocker's 'Karma'

11 September 2008 6:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Plenty of musicians have made the transfer from the recording studio to the silver screen, and with varying results. But, it probably isn't so common to see a rock star who's willing to stay behind the scenes. The Hollywood Reporter announced that WB has picked up The Karma Coalition, a spec script written by rocker Shawn Christensen. Christensen is probably best known for his work as lead singer of Stellastar, an indie rock outfit that's toured with Jane's Addiction and The Killers.

According to THR, "The story centers on a professor who engages in a game of cat and mouse with a corrupt detective after he's told his dead wife of five years might still be alive. He uncovers the existence of a secret organization responsible for faking her death but suffers the consequences of that knowledge." The project was written by Christensen and his partner, Jason Dolan. Dan Lin »

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Christensen sells "Karma" to Warner Bros.

10 September 2008 10:44 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Warners Bros. has apoparently put down an offer of $750,000 against $1.5 million for Shawn Christensen's spec script "The Karma Coalition." Christensen is an in indie-rock lead singer of the band Stellastarr. The story follows a professor who is caught in a game of cat and mouse with a corrupt detective when he's told that his wife who has died five years ago, now may still be alive. This leads him to the discover of a secret organization who were responsible for faking her death. Dan Lin ("Sherlock Holmes" and "Terminator Salvation,") will producing via Lin Pictures. »

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Shawn Christensen sells his 'Karma'

10 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toronto -- Warners Bros. has plunked down $750,000 against $1.5 million for "The Karma Coalition," a spec by rocker-by-day/scribe-by-night Shawn Christensen. Warners-based Lin Pictures is producing.

Christensen, repped by Endeavor and Caliber Media, is well known in indie-rock circles as the lead singer of the band Stellastarr, which has toured with such bands as the Killers and Jane's Addiction.

Dan Lin, who is working on "Sherlock Holmes" and "Terminator Salvation," is producing at Lin Pictures. Stephen Gilchrist from Lin Pictures brought the project into the studio and will serve as co-producer.

The story centers on a professor who engages in a game of cat and mouse with a corrupt detective after he's told his dead wife of five years might still be alive. He uncovers the existence of a secret organization responsible for faking her death but suffers the consequences of that knowledge.

Matt Reilly and Niija Kuykendall are overseeing for the studio. »

- By Borys Kit

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Warner Bros. Dives into 'Tokyo Underground'

7 August 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Most films based on a book based on a true story are heartwarming, life affirming, and just plain dull. But maybe not this one. Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Robert Whiting's Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan. The book, published in 2000, follows Nick Zappetti, an unlucky Italian-American in Japan. After a series of thwarted adventures, he does what any Italian-American would do halfway across the world: he opens a pizza place. As we all know, where there's pizza, there's the mob; accordingly, Zappetti's business becomes a prime hangout for the yakuza, Japan's most notorious gang.Whiting, who still lives in Japan and works as a journalist, has been hired as a consultant. Frank Baldwin is set to adapt the book.Dan Lin and Harry and Mary Jane Ufland will be producing. »

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Robert Downey Jr. to play Sherlock

10 July 2008 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Robert Downey Jr. is in final negotiations to star as the title character in "Sherlock Holmes," a reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's titular super sleuth that Guy Ritchie is directing for Warner Bros.

The movie, which will shoot in the fall, takes its cue from a forthcoming comic book that producer Lionel Wigram wrote as a selling tool for a new take on the classic character. The concept sees Holmes as more adventurous and less stuffy than previous screen incarnations and mines more obscure character traits.

The movie will be Downey's first to go before cameras since the success of the actor's "Iron Man." Downey's first move post-"Iron Man" was attaching himself to star in DreamWorks' "Cowboys and Aliens."

Joel Silver, Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin are producing.

Downey came onto the project via his wife, Silver Pictures executive vp president Susan Downey. Susan Downey and Joel Silver, who produced Ritchie's upcoming caper flick "RocknRolla," were working with Ritchie on his version of "Holmes." When actor Downey was in Silver Pictures' Warner-based offices, Silver showed him Ritchie's version of Holmes, sparking the actor's interest.

Warner is looking at an October 2009 release.

Warners' Holmes project will have to contend with Columbia's Holmes feature, this one starring Sacha Baron Cohen as the sleuth and Will Ferrell as his sidekick Dr. Watson. Judd Apatow is producing the comedy, which does not yet have a director attached. »

- By Borys Kit

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Warner Bros. in 'Hiding'

1 July 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to the comic book miniseries "Hiding in Time," setting writer Beau Thorne to adapt. Dan Lin is producing via his Lin Pictures shingle.

The story is set in a not-too-distant future in which the Witness Protection Program uses time travel to relocate high-value witnesses into the past for safe keeping. When the program is compromised, a government scientist must travel back through the greatest moments in history to help a master thief rescue his old crew from the assassins sent back by their former employer.

The comic, created by Christopher Long and illustrated by Ryan Winn, was published by Image Shadowline.

Jon Silk brought the comics into Lin Pictures and will serve as co-producer and oversee for Lin Pictures. Ray Miller at Archetype will co-produce, and the company's David Server at Archetype will associate produce.

Sarah Schechter oversees for Warners.

Thorne wrote the video game adaptation "Max Payne," which stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Ludacris. He is repped by Caa and Mad Hatter Entertainment. »

- By Borys Kit

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Guy Ritchie signs on to Sherlock

3 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Guy Ritchie has signed on to write and direct a reimagining of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes for Warner Bros.

Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin are producing the movie, which takes its cues from a forthcoming comic that Wigram wrote as a selling tool for a new take on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character. The concept sees the character be more adventuresome and less stuffy than previous screen incarnations and mines on more obscure character traits.

The studio has developing a new Holmes for a while, at one point having Neil Marshall (Descent) on board to direct and Michael Johnson to write.

Ritchie will rewrite and polish Johnson's script.

The deal reteams the filmmaker with the studio, for whom he made the upcoming crime caper RocknRolla. Warners is said to be high on the movie, which is being released in October. Ritchie is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.

Jon Berg and Elishia Holmes are overseeing. »

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Ricky Gervais' 'Truth' acquired by Universal

9 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Universal Pictures International has acquired all international distribution rights to the Ricky Gervais comedy This Side of the Truth, from Media Rights Capital. Warner Bros. already has domestic distribution. The comedy is produced by Lynda Obst and Oly Obst. Dan Lin is executive producer.

Truth stars Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe and Louis C.K., and features an all-star comedy supporting cast. The movie marks Gervais' feature directing debut ad begins shooting April 14 in Boston.

The deal between MRC and Universal Pictures is the second in less than a year. Universal acquired Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno from Media Rights Capital in early 2007 for distribution domestically and across English-speaking territories (including North America), as well as Germany and the Benelux territories. »

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