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16 items from 2017


Dakota Johnson’s new projct: Unfit

20 September 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

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Amazon Studios won a multi-studio bidding battle for the pic, on which Johnson also will serve as an executive producer under her Silhouette Productions with Brett Ratner and John Cheng of RatPac Entertainment producing. The spec script, based on Adam Cohen’s book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, was written by former litigation lawyer Melissa London Hilfers.

The logline: In the not-so-distant past, America was gripped by a political movement that promised to eliminate the “unfit” from our country. Unfit is the true story of Carrie Buck, a young Virginia woman who became a lightning rod for that movement, whose 1927 Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell legalized the sterilization of “undesirable” citizens. Buck was forced to fight against it singlehandedly for the one thing she desperately wanted: to be a mother.

“Like many, I was not privy to this shocking and fascinating moment in American history, »

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Vanessa Redgrave joins Christoph Waltz's directing debut 'Georgetown'

8 May 2017 10:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The duo will play an eccentric couple in this crime story that is based on true events.

Vanessa Redgrave will star alongside Christoph Waltz in his directorial debut Georgetown.

The Oscar-winning duo will play an unconventional couple in this crime drama inspired by the true story of Albrecht Muth, who was convicted in 2011 for murdering his much older socialite wife in Washington DC.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Auburn wrote the screenplay, with Brett Ratner producing through his production company RatPac Entertainment together with David Gerson and John Cheng.

Artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas will also produce through his company Metalwork Pictures, which is also financing. Len Blavatnik of RatPac Entertainment will executive produce.

Cornerstone Films will oversee international sales and distribution and will commence sales in Cannes. ICM will handle the Us sale. 

The true story was first reported in the New York Times Magazine in a piece called ‘The Worst Marriage in Georgetown’ by Franklin Foer.

The »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Hugh Hefner Biopic Is Back on with Producer Brett Ratner

10 April 2017 4:58 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just days after Amazon Studios released their docu-drama series American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, the Playboy Magazine founder's life story will be heading to the big screen. Brett Ratner and his company RatPac Entertainment have acquired the rights to Hugh Hefner's life story for a currently untitled biopic, which will be a co-production between RatPac and Playboy/Alta Loma Entertainment. Here's what Hugh Hefner himself had to say about this biopic coming to fruition.

"In recent years there has been plenty of interest and much conversation about doing a feature film based on my life. I have always believed that when the timing was truly right, the perfect creative partners would come together for this project. I believe we've found those partners in Brett Ratner and RatPac Entertainment. I'm very much looking forward to this collaboration."

This is actually the second time Brett Ratner has tried to »

- MovieWeb

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Development of Hugh Hefner Biopic Relaunched With Brett Ratner

7 April 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brett Ratner is re-launching development on a Hugh Hefner biopic project through his RatPac Entertainment, which has optioned the life rights to the Playboy magazine founder.

The untitled project will be a co-production between Ratpac and Playboy/Alta Loma Entertainment. Ratner will produce with John Cheng and Hefner will be an executive producer along with Dick Rosenzweig and Peter Jaysen.

Ratner was attached a decade ago to direct a Hefner movie with Imagine Entertainment. Amazon Prime launched “American Playboy,” a 13-part documentary series on Hefner, earlier this week.

Hefner launched Playboy in 1953. He turns 91 on April 9. His son Cooper Hefner is currently the public face of the magazine.

“In recent years there has been plenty of interest and much conversation about doing a feature film based on my life,” Hefner said in a statement. “I have always believed that when the timing was truly right, the perfect creative partners would come together for this project. »

- Dave McNary

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Hugh Hefner Movie Once Again Front And Center (Fold); RatPac Options Playboy Founder’s Rights

7 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: RatPac Entertainment has optioned the life rights to Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, and Brett Ratner will spearhead the development of a feature film. The picture will be done as a co-production between Ratpac and Playboy/Alta Loma Entertainment. Ratner will produce with John Cheng and Hefner will be exec producer along with Dick Rosenzweig and Peter Jaysen. They will set a writer quickly. This comes as Amazon Prime releases American Playboy: The Hugh Hef… »

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Jim Carrey’s ‘True Crimes’ Picked Up by Saban Films

4 April 2017 12:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Alexandros Avranas’ “True Crimes” starring  Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and John Cheng, InterTitle FilmsDavid Gerson, Los Angeles Media Fund’s Jeffrey Soros, and Simon Horsman produced the crime thriller, which made its world premiere at the Warsaw Film Festival and screened at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Jeremy Brock (“The Last King of Scotland”) wrote “True Crimes,” based on David Grann’s 2008 New Yorker article about the homicide investigation of a slain business man and the novelist eventually convicted of the murder.

The film , which was shot in Poland, also stars Agata Kulesza, Kati Outinen, Zbigniew Zamachowski, and Marton Csokas.

“Jim’s versatility as an actor is truly remarkable and one-of-a-kind. We look forward to working with him and the rest of the team behind True Crimes,” said Saban FilmsBill Bromiley. “We are »

- Dave McNary

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Saban Films Acquires Distribution Rights To ‘True Crimes’ Starring Jim Carrey

4 April 2017 12:32 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Alexandros Avranas' True Crimes starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Written by Jeremy Brock (The Last King of Scotland), True Crimes is based on a New Yorker article about the homicide investigation of a slain business man and the novelist eventually convicted of the murder. Saban has yet to set a theatrical release date. RatPac Entertainment's Brett Ratner and John Cheng, InterTitle Films' David… »

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Jim Carrey, Charlotte Gainsbourg Film 'True Crimes' Lands at Saban

4 April 2017 12:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Alexandros Avranas' True Crimes starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The film is based on a New Yorker article about the homicide investigation of a slain business man and the novelist eventually convicted of the murder. Jeremy Brock (The Last King of Scotland) wrote the script.

RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and John Cheng, InterTitle FilmsDavid Gerson, Los Angeles Media Fund’s Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman produced the crime thriller, which made its world premiere at the Warsaw Film Festival in October and screened at the Berlin International Film Festival in »

- Rebecca Ford

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Bruce Willis action-comedy lands at Rlj Entertainment

4 April 2017 10:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Voltage Pictures financed Once Upon A Time In Venice. Separately, Mongrel Media to distribute Colossal in Canada; Saban Films acquires True Crimes.

Rlj Entertainment has picked up all Us rights from Voltage to the action-comedy Once Upon A Time In Venice.

The film will open theatrically and on VOD on June 16 and stars Willis as a private eye in Venice Beach, California, who takes on a local gangster when his beloved dog is kidnapped.

The ensemble includes John GoodmanThomas Middleditch, Justice League and Aquaman star Jason Momoa, X-Men’s Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg and Kal Penn.

Mark Cullen directed and reunites with Willis after he co-wrote the 2010 Kevin Smith action-comedy Cop Out with Robb Cullen.

Voltage Pictures chief Nicolas Chartier produced with Laura Ford, Zev Foreman, Cullen and Cullen. Voltage president and COO Jonathan Deckter served as executive producer with Stephen J. Eads.

Voltage financed and produced the project and sold out to international buyers as an untitled »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Dakota Johnson set for courtroom drama Unfit

8 March 2017 5:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson has signed on to the lead in the fact-based courtroom drama Unfit, Deadline is reporting. The film is based upon Melissa London Hilfers spec script, adapted from Adam Cohen’s book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck.

The official logline for Unfit reads: “In the not-so-distant past, America was gripped by a political movement that promised to eliminate the “unfit” from our country. Unfit is the true story of Carrie Buck, a young Virginia woman who became a lightning rod for that movement, whose 1927 Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell legalized the sterilization of “undesirable” citizens. Buck was forced to fight against it singlehandedly for the one thing she desperately wanted: to be a mother.”

“Like many, I was not privy to this shocking and fascinating moment in American history,” said Johnson, who will executive produce as well as starring. »

- Gary Collinson

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Dakota Johnson to Star in Courtroom Drama ‘Unfit’ for Amazon

7 March 2017 1:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Fifty Shades” star Dakota Johnson has signed on to star in and executive produce historical courtroom drama “Unfit” for Amazon.

Brett Ratner and John Cheng are producing for RatPac Entertertainment. Johnson will serve as an executive producer under her Silhouette Productions.

Amazon won a bidding war for the rights to Melissa London Hilfers’ spec script, based on Adam Cohen’s 2016 book “Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck.”

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Buck was the plaintiff in 1927 Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, which she lost. She had been sterilized three years earlier at the age of 18 under a Virginia law that legalized sterilization of “undesirable” citizens. Buck died in 1983 at the age of 76.

“Like many, I was not privy to this shocking and fascinating moment in American history,” Johnson said. “I quickly became obsessed with the »

- Dave McNary

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Dakota Johnson Sworn In For RatPac’s Courtroom Drama ‘Unfit’

7 March 2017 12:08 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

As Deadline tipped early last month, Fifty Shades star Dakota Johnson will topline in Unfit, a fact-based courtroom drama set in the 1920s. Amazon Studios won a multi-studio bidding battle for the pic, on which Johnson also will serve as an executive producer under her Silhouette Productions with Brett Ratner and John Cheng of RatPac Entertainment producing. The spec script, based on Adam Cohen's book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization o… »

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Amazon Wins ‘Unfit’ Auction; Dakota Johnson Circling RatPac Drama

2 February 2017 7:14 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Amazon Studios just won a multi-studio bidding battle and has paid mid-six figures for Unfit, a spec script by Melissa London Hilfers that RatPac will produce, with Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson circling. Her deal isn’t closed. Brett Ratner and John Cheng are producing. Here is the logline of the fact-based story: In the not-so-distant past, America was gripped by a political movement that promised to eliminate the "unfit" from our country. This is the… »

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Key Players Fuel Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment

19 January 2017 11:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While Brett Ratner is the face of RatPac, the company’s ambitious mandate — from Warner Bros. blockbusters, mid-range budgeted comedies and dramas, and smaller specialty pics, as well as documentaries — calls for a crack team of pros to keep all of the different projects on track. Meet the company toppers who keep RatPac humming.

Paul Neinstein

Chief Operating Officer

RatPac Entertainment

Neinstein oversees all corporate business, legal, financial, and day-to-day operations. Before joining RatPac in 2014, Neinstein served as exec VP in charge of business affairs for Paramount, and was previously a partner at Spyglass Entertainment Group. A member of the executive branch of AMPAS with a background in law, Neinstein has cinema in his veins. “RatPac is a phenomenal brand and [founder] Brett [Ratner] is amazing at understanding that, and growing and expanding the brand, and diversifying us as a business. It’s a 24/7 job but it’s highly rewarding and I absolutely love it, »

- Nick Clement

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Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner Builds Hollywood Production Powerhouse

19 January 2017 10:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Brett Ratner and James Packer joined forces to create RatPac Entertainment in late 2012, Hollywood took notice.

Warner Bros. soon got onboard with the company, entering into a co-financing partnership, with RatPac that replaced Legendary as Warner’s key investor. RatPac operates as a production company and financing entity, and has a $450 million deal that covers 75 pictures with Warner Bros. over four years.

“Warner Brothers is the greatest partner anyone could ever have,” Ratner says. “It’s truly a family business there, and I know that sounds weird, because they’re a massive corporation, but you get that vibe with them, starting with Kevin Tsujihara. Warner’s has always been like that, and they still operate like that. It’s a very friendly, encouraging place to make movies. I’m hoping to direct my next picture there.”

And the feeling is mutual. “We’ve known and worked with Brett for years, »

- Nick Clement

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Seth Gordon to Direct Film Based on Boston College Basketball Point Shaving Scandal

18 January 2017 2:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Line Cinema has landed an untitled pitch based on the true story of Boston College’s point shaving scandal. “Baywatch” director Seth Gordon will helm the upcoming film from a script by “30 Rock” co-showrunner Robert Carlock.

Brett Ratner and John Cheng of RatPac Entertainment will produce with Gordon’s Exhibit A banner. Mary Rohlich will exec produce with Steel Titan’s Cayman Grant, Terry City, and Paula Gregg.

Originally seen as a documentary on Espn’s “30 for 30” series, the story revolves around the 1978-79 Boston College basketball team, which was infiltrated by a group of Pittsburgh gangsters and forced to participate in a point shaving scheme. It was eventually uncovered by the FBI, forever changing the program and the landscape of college basketball.

Two of the mob men involved in the scandal, Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke, have already had their day in the Hollywood limelight as the two »

- Justin Kroll

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