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Santa Monica,CA (October 28, 2011) – Lionsgate has acquired comprehensive rights to Xoxo, a script written by Mark Heyman (Black Swan). The announcement was made today jointly by Joe Drake, President of the Motion Picture Group, and Alli Shearmur & Mike Paseornek, Presidents of Motion Picture Development and Production, who will be overseeing the production at the studio.
Michael London (Milk, Sideways, The Illusionist) will be producing with Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin (Black Swan, The Wrestler), through their respective production companies Groundswell Productions and Protozoa Pictures. Groundswell.s Kelly Mullen ushered the project into the company, and will be involved in a producing capacity.
In a story that can be characterized as Fatal Attraction for the digital age, engaged and on-the-rise young executive Will Campbell clandestinely flirts online and meets an alluring woman on Facebook. He begins a virtual relationship with her, but as the line between online temptations and real life possibilities begins to blur, »
- Michelle McCue
"Geoff Dyer's forthcoming book Zona (2012) has a premise that is so simple and brilliant it seems almost a wonder that it hasn't been tried before," blogs Katie Kitamura for frieze. "[A]s the book's subtitle puts it, Zona is 'A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room.' In other words, a book about Andrei Tarkovsky's seminal Stalker (1979), itself loosely based on the novel Roadside Picnic (1971), by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. 'Loosely' is key here. The skeleton of Zona is something like a glorified transcript of Tarkovsky's film, a factual description of what is seen on the screen…. But Zona hangs a great deal onto the scaffolding of this formal conceit. The book itself is full of digressions, both filmic and personal, as well as footnotes, interpretations, imprecations and asides. There's a definite gulf between the tone of Zona and the tone of Stalker, which is almost »
"Paranormal Activity 3" rocked the box office last weekend, and it looks like next October we may be able to find out what happened to Katie and Hunter — a fourth installment in the supernatural chiller is possibly heading our way. (Duh!)
With record-breaking numbers like "PA3's" it's no shocker that Paramount's Don Harris told The Wrap, "I can't imagine that we wouldn't make a number four, and I imagine [Paramount Film Group president] Adam Goodman this morning is thinking about the challenge. I'm sure he's thinking, 'Now what do I do?'" Where do you think they'll take the storyline from here?
Ponder that while you hit the jump to read the rest of this week's horror news.
Scorsese is Back in the Horror Game with 'The Snowman'
The legendary Martin Scorsese dabbled with a little bit of horror when he made last year's "Shutter Island." Now, he's looking toward Norway for some »
- Alison Nastasi
Heyman, the writer of Aronofsky’s absurdly brilliant Black Swan has wrote the script which is described as a 21st century version of Fatal Attraction and revolves around a promising twentysomething executive who is engaged but falls into an online fling with a female contemporary on Facebook, only for her to go all Glenn Close on him. A ‘deadly twist’ is promised, so you can probably take a good guess at where this one is planned to go. See ‘Catfish‘ for a good example of what I’m talking about.
Sadly Aronofsky is only producing the movie as it would have been kick-ass to see his claustrophobic, Polanski style Black Swan direction on another of Heyman’s scripts. A hunt is currently on for a director. »
- Matt Holmes
If you're in with Darren Aronofsky, you're certainly in our good books. The writer-director has a keen eye for talent, shining a light on names like Sean Gullette, Clint Mansell, Matthew Libatique and Robert D. Siegel. And let's not forget the revitalization of Mickey Rourke. A recent addition to the Aronofsky stable has been screenwriter Mark Heyman ("Black Swan"), who's now teaming with Lionsgate for his latest script, "Xoxo," a Facebook-relationship thriller surely hoping to emulate the success of "The Social Network" and "Catfish." The story is described as the digital age's "Fatal Attraction" and follows a young executive on-the-rise,… »
The story follows an engaged executive who strikes up an online relationship with a beautiful woman he meets on Facebook. The relationship soon spirals out of control, consuming his personal life with deadly consequences.
- Garth Franklin
There's a great film still waiting to be made about internet relationships, romantic or otherwise. Will Xoxo be among the first? Variety reports today that Lionsgate has purchased Black Swan scribe Mark Heyman's spec script titled Xoxo, "an elevated genre tale set in the world of Facebook, where things aren't always as they seem." The story is described as a modern Fatal Attraction. Here's more: "Story follows an on-the-rise exec who's engaged to be married but enjoys »
- George Merchan
This past summer a report came out saying that Mark Heyman, one of the writers of Black Swan, was shopping around a new drama called Xoxo. Similar to Fatal Attraction, the basic description of the plot was about a young man who begins flirting with a girl on Facebook who ends up becoming obsessed with him. Today the project took a major leap forward and more details about the story have been revealed. According to Variety, Xoxo has been picked up by Lionsgate and heads of production Alli Shearmur and Mike Paseornek have been assigned the project (Darren Aronofsky and Michael London are also still signed on as producers). Building on the plot description above - and actually describing the script as "Fatal Attraction for the digital age" - apparently the protagonist is both engaged and an "on-the-rise" executive who likes occasionally taking part in online flirting through Facebook. The »
This genre tale puts a new spin on Facebook, centering on an executive who strikes up an online relationship with a beautiful woman he meets on the social networking site, despite being engaged. The relationship soon spirals out of control, consuming the man's personal life, possibly with deadly consequences. The project is being compared to Lionsgate's Hard Candy, and will make use of streaming video and other technological advances in the online world.
Xoxo comes to theaters in 2014. »
He's not directing this one, since his hands are somewhat full building Noah's Ark, but Darren Aronofsky will be producing Xoxo, from a screenplay by his Black Swan writer Mark Heyman. Lionsgate have just picked up the rights.Xoxo ("Kiss Hug Kiss Hug", for people who don't speak Txt) is a high-concept piece based around a Facebook stalker. All involved are admirably up-front about its being "Fatal Attraction for the social networking age". It involves an up-and-coming city type with a perfectly nice fiancee, who neverthless enjoys a bit of online flirting with people he meets on the interweb. As you might surmise, one of these online dalliances starts to go rather wrong.Bits of Hard Candy and Catfish in there, as well as the aforementioned Fatal Attraction and that film's progenitor Play Misty For Me. His buddy Heyman aside, you might wonder what attracted Aronofsky to the project, but »
Fans of the Academy Award-winning film Black Swan are in luck! The new thriller from the team who brought you all that masturbatory goodness has found a home!
According to Variety, following months of negotiations, Lionsgate has closed a deal to acquire Black Swan scribe Mark Heyman's spec script Xoxo, an elevated genre tale (lord, how we hate that term) set in the world of Facebook, where things aren't always as they seem.
Darren Aronofsky and Michael London (Sideways) will produce through their respective shingles Protozoa Pictures and Groundswell Productions, whose Kelly Mullen brought in the project and will also be involved in a producing capacity.
Described as Fatal Attraction for the digital age, the story follows an on-the-rise executive who, despite being engaged, enjoys flirting online, where he meets an alluring woman on Facebook. The two begin a virtual relationship, but as the line between online temptations and real-life possibilities begins to blur, »
- Uncle Creepy
 It's been months since Black Swan co-writer Mark Heyman began shopping  his upscale thriller Xoxo, but the project has finally found a home at Lionsgate. After months of negotiation, the studio has just finalized a deal to acquire Heyman's spec script, described as "Fatal Attraction for the digital age." As previously reported, Darren Aronofsky and Michael London (Sideways) are set to produce, along with Kelly Mullen. More details after the jump. Xoxo centers around a young up-and-coming who indulges in online flirtation despite being engaged to be married. He meets an attractive woman on Facebook, but their digital relationship proves to have deadly real-world consequences when she begins stalking him. Xoxo will incorporate stylized visual sequences to show the characters interacting, as well as streaming video and other social media platforms. It's unclear at this point what those scenes will look like, exactly, but they're bound to be more interesting »
- Angie Han
A spec script for a contemporary thriller by Mark Heyman (Black Swan) that had been circulating for a few months has been acquired by Lionsgate. Xoxo, pitched as a modern day Fatal Attraction, explores the dark side of virtual relationships as it follows an up-and-coming executive who blurs the line between his real-life fiancé and his on-line affair. Xoxo will use streaming video and social media platforms on a cinematic scale to emphasize the concept (or misconception) of the truth behind our digital identities. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky will produce through Protozoa Pictures, as will Michael London through Groundswell Productions and Kelly Mullen, who brought the project to the studio. Although Aronofsky has directed from Heyman’s sceenplays before, no director is attached at the moment. Hit the jump for more on Heyman and Aronofsky’s upcoming projects. News of Lionsgate’s acquisition of Xoxo comes via Variety. Having worked together on The Fountain, »
- Dave Trumbore
The idea of a thriller that centers around Facebook leaves a lot of room for plain old stupidity, but when you hear the ideas behind Lionsgate and Warner Bros.’ new projects that happen to be such a thing, they don’t sound half bad.
As Variety says, Lionsgate has acquired is Xoxo, a spec script written by Black Swan co-scribe Mark Heyman. Produced by Darren Aronofsky through Protozoa Pictures and Michal London through Groundswell Productions, it’s described as “Fatal Attraction for the digital age,” as it revolves around “an on-the-rise executive who despite being engaged, enjoys flirting online, where he meets an alluring woman on Facebook.”
Soon, “the line between online temptations and real-life possibilities begins to blur, [and] the protag soon discovers that his Internet relationship is seeping into his actual life … in a deadly way.” As we heard back in June, the online interactions will be exhibited through “stylized visual sequences, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Following months of negotiations, Lionsgate has closed a deal to acquire Black Swan scribe Mark Heyman's spec script Xoxo, an elevated genre tale set in the world of Facebook, where things aren't always as they seem, reports Variety. Darren Aronofsky and Michael London (Sideways) will produce through their respective shingles Protozoa Pictures and Groundswell Prods. Described as Fatal Attraction for the digital age, "story follows an on-the-rise executive who despite being engaged, enjoys flirting online, where he meets an alluring woman on Facebook. The two begin a virtual relationship, but as the line between online temptations and real-life possibilities begins to blur, the protag soon discovers that his Internet relationship is seeping into his actual life ... in a deadly way." »
Liongsgate has plans to develop Xoxo from a script by Mark Heyman. Variety has the news, saying that Darren Aronofsky will reunite with the Black Swan screenwriter to produce the internet thriller. The movie is said to involve a young businessman who winds up in a deadly back and forth with someone he meets on Facebook . Heyman is also attached to the potential Marc Webb project, Age of Rage , announced earlier this year . Aronofsky, meanwhile, is set to develop his biblical epic, Noah at Paramount Pictures. No director for Xoxo is currently attached. »
Lionsgate picked up Mark Heyman's script Xoxo , a Fatal Attraction -like thriller. Heyman previously penned Black Swan , making the writer a hot commodity. Here, the story follows an executive who flirts with a lovely lady on Facebook behind his fiancee's back. The relationship he carries on with this girl soon turns deadly. Sounds like a fancy version of every Fatal Attraction copycat we've seen over the last two decades. But hey, Darren Aronofsky is on board to produce. No direct has been attached yet. »
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Once you've sat through 'Black Swan' and all the leg-crunching, schizophrenic horror it throws your way from beginning to end, that's probably all the evidence you'll need to conclude that screenwriter Mark Heyman is a creepy dude. Who knows what he's like in real life, but when it comes to movies, he might a well be wearing a strait jacket. With that being said, we're pretty excited to hear that one of his upcoming projects, 'Xoxo,' sounds like it'll be tapping right into that crazy brain of his.
From what we've heard so far, 'Xoxo' is about a guy who strikes up a relationship with a girl he meets online, but then she turns out to be nuts and starts obsessively stalking him. Sounds like a mix between 'Catfish' and 'Fatal Attraction,' and as long as it's done well, »
- Aiden Redmond
Facebook is still popular in Hollywood. Deal with it! And now, when we know that Black Swan writer Mark Heyman will be in charge for something that has a lot to do with Facebook, it sounds even more popular.
Whatever, I’m trying to say that we’re here today to start a little chat about project titled Xoxo. So, let’s start it.
First of all, a little explanation. Xoxo is a project that will tell us a story of a twentysomething man who meets a female contemporary on Facebook and begins a digital relationship with her, only to find the object of his affections take the relationship to an obsessed and stalker-y place.
I like the way guys from LATimes explained the whole thing by saying – think Fatal Attraction but with Facebook.
They also »
According to The L.A. Times, Xoxo, written by Black Swan writer Mark Heyman, who is co-producing with Darren Aronofsky, tells of a twentysomething man who meets a female contemporary on Facebook and begins a digital relationship with her, only to find the object of his affections take the relationship to an obsessed and stalker-y place. Think Fatal Attraction (but with Facebook).
Xoxo, which makes use of streaming video and other social-media platforms in addition to Facebook, also evokes the documentary Catfish in its exploration of slippery digital identities. (The letter-centric title is, of course, a reference to affectionate, and potentially creepy, online sign-offs.)
The script is now being circulated in Hollywood, including to numerous genre labels, »
- Uncle Creepy
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