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Exclusive: As David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions gets more creatively ambitious in the popcorn pictures it makes in partnership with Paramount Pictures, the label has added a former Par stalwart exec in Don Granger. Granger joins Ellison and Dana Goldberg at Skydance in the post of Evp Feature Productions. It is a newly created position and he will report to Goldberg, the company’s chief creative officer. As Skydance continues to pursue tentpole films like with the reboot of The Terminator franchise, Granger seems like an ideal fit because he has spent most of his career shepherding exactly these kinds of films. He most recently worked with Paramount and Skydance producing Jack Reacher, and before that had a strong relationship with Tom Cruise as president of Motion Picture Production at United Artists when Cruise and Paula Wagner revived the label. Granger before that was senior exec at C/W Productions »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Williams, whose previous credits also include films “The Sixth Sense” and “Rushmore,” will play Liza Winter, a botanist with a complicated past. Other cast members include John Benjamin Hickey, Daniel Stern, Harry Lloyd, Ashley Zukerman, Rachel Brosnahan, Christopher Denham and Katja Herbers.
“Manhattan,” which is scheduled to premiere in July, is a production of Skydance Television, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate Television. It’s written and created by “Masters of Sex’s” Sam Shaw, who is exec producing with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross. “The West Wing’s” Thomas Schlamme is directing and exec producing under his Shoe Money Productions banner.
- Whitney Friedlander
The Kyle Reese role is said to be the last major part yet to be cast in director Alan Taylor's upcoming Terminator reboot (rumored to be titled Terminator: Genesis ) and, according to Variety , a final decision isn't far off. They list five names set to test for the role early next week, including Wilson Bethel ("Hart of Dixie"), Thomas Cocquerel ("Anzac Girls"), Jai Courtney ( A Good Day to Die Hard ), Boyd Holbrook ( Milk ) and Sam Reid ( Anonymous ). The first in a stand-alone trilogy, the new Terminator is already set to star Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke. It will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta »
3 items from 2014
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