Robert Zemeckis sci-fi 'Steel Soldiers' backed by Stx, Alibaba Pictures

Partners plot theatrical distribution and beyond.

Stx Entertainment and Alibaba Pictures will co-develop and co-produce the action sci-fi film Steel Soldiers, which Robert Zemeckis will produce.

Stx will handle the film’s Us release and international sales and distribution, while Alibaba Pictures will retain rights for Greater China. The parties said they were already plotting to expand the project onto other platforms.

Steel Soldiers follows a disgraced Special Forces officer in a futuristic world who is tasked with leading a team of high-tech android soldiers in a mission to rescue the robot’s creator. Ken Kaufman wrote the screenplay.

Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and Jackie Levine from ImageMovers will produce, along with David Styne. Stx’s senior vice-president of production, Sheroum Kim, will oversee the project with Shujin Lan-Shuster, Alibaba Pictures senior executive of international productions.

“Alibaba Pictures is committed to bringing the most exciting content to China and beyond,” Alibaba Pictures president Zhang Weix said. “We are delighted
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Robert Zemeckis, Stx, Alibaba Partner on Sci-Fi Film ‘Steel Soldiers’

Stx Entertainment and China’s Alibaba Pictures will partner to co-develop and co-produce the sci-fi action movie “Steel Soldiers,” with Robert Zemeckis producing.

Stx will handle U.S. and international distribution, while Alibaba retains rights in Greater China. Plans to expand the project beyond theatrical and onto other platforms are also underway.

STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson said, “Alibaba is a trailblazer in today’s highly competitive and rapidly changing consumer marketplace. Together, we look forward to immersing audiences in the battlefield of the future.”

“Steel Soldiers” is aimed at immersing audiences into a futuristic world where humans and androids fight shoulder to shoulder. The film follow a disgraced Special Forces officer being forced to train a new team of high-tech, but imperfect android soldiers, turn them into elite military officers, and lead them in a deadly mission to rescue the robot’s creator.

Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and Jackie Levine will produce under their ImageMovers label, along with David Styne
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John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville Team For Soccer Comedy ‘Carnaval’

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Both John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville are no strangers to the comedy world. The duo, however unlikely or odd, will star in Josh Stern’s new film, Carnaval. Stone Village is set to produce and finance the comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cusack will portray a sports scout determined to find the best soccer player the world has ever seen, all the while dealing with the infamous Rio de Janerio Carnival, which happens annually. In order to obtain the agency, Cusack’s character has to sign said amazing soccer player. Knoxville will play his friend, who inevitably screws up Cusack’s chances of obtaining the agency, by sleeping with the soccer player’s girlfriend.

Stern has re-written the script, originally authored by former agent, David Styne. Among the other three, Scott Steindorff, Dylan Russell and Scott Lastaiti, Styne will also be billed as a producer.

The film is set
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Cusack and Knoxville heading to 'Carnaval'

John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville will star in Stone Village's comedy "Carnaval."According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Stern is directing from a script that he rewrote.David Styne wrote the original screenplay.Scott Steindorff, Dylan Russell, Scott Lastaiti and Styne are producing.The story centers on a sports scout (Cusack) sent to Rio de Janeiro during the annual festival of Carnaval to sign the best soccer player in the world. The mission is put in jeopardy when his best friend accompanying him on the trip (Knoxville) sleeps with the player's girlfriend.Shooting begins in Rio in January.Cusack will be seen as Edgar Allan Poe in the upcoming thriller "The Raven."Knoxville is currently shooting the Arnold Schwarzenegger action-western "The Last Stand."
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Cusack, Knoxville Go To A "Carnival"

John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville are teaming for Josh Stern's comedy "Carnaval" at Stone Village says The Hollywood Reporter.

Cusack will play a sports scout sent to Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval to recruit the world’s best soccer player. The hook? If he signs the star, he will inherit the agency.

Knoxville plays his best friend, a musician who tags along and has an affair with a woman who turns out to be the player’s girlfriend.

David Styne penned the initial script which Stern has re-written. Styne, Scott Steindorff, Dylan Russell and Scott Lastaiti are producing. Shooting kicks off in Rio this January.
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John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville set to star in Carnaval

John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville have teamed up to star in a new comedy. THR reports that the actors are set to star in Carnaval, which Josh Stern is directing. The project is being produced and financed by Stone Village, with the companies Scott Steindorff, Dylan Russell and Scott Lastaiti serving as producers. Filming is slated to begin in January.

The script was initially penned by former agent David Styne, and rewritten by Stern. Cusack will play "a sports scout sent to Rio de Janeiro during the over-the-top bacchanalia of Carnaval to recruit the world’s best soccer player with the promise that if he signs the star, he will inherit the agency." Knoxville plays his best friend, a musician who tags along and has an affair with a woman who turns out to be the player’s girlfriend, derailing the signing mission."

I am looking forward to seeing Cusack
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John Cusack & Johnny Knoxville Are Going To Rio De Janeiro For 'Carnaval'

As far as paid vacations to Brazil go, you could probably do worse. John Cusack, continuing his run of taking on random projects such as the international comedy "Dictablanda," the period drama "The Paperboy," the serial killer flick "The Frozen Ground" and the upcoming gothic crime pic "The Raven" (which actually looks pretty decent), will team with Jackass member Johnny Knoxville for the laffer "Carnaval." Penned by former agent David Styne and re-written by Josh Stern who will also direct, the story centers on a sports scout (Cusack) who heads to Rio during Carnaval to sign the the world's best…
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John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville Shake Their Tailfeathers in 'Carnaval'

When you think of Brazil's world-famous Carnaval, you think of streets crowded with people in fabulous costumes, dancing and partying their tushies off, and dazzling floats full of revelers.

What you maybe don't think of is John Cusack, who's getting his Victorian goth on as Edgar Allen Poe in "The Raven" when he's not Tweeting about politics. That's all about to change with "Carnaval," a comedy starring Cusack and Johnny Knoxville that sounds like it could be awfully naughty. Cusack plays a sports scout whose best buddy, played by Knoxville, is a musician who screws up his friend's high stakes mission to recruit a soccer player by, uh, screwing the soccer player's girlfriend. Oops.

View Gallery » The story behind the script is almost worthy of a movie itself. Deadline reported last year that former agent David Styne wrote the script under a pseudonym, "based on a trip to Rio that
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John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville to Star in Carnaval

John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville to Star in Carnaval
John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville will co-star in Josh Stern's comedy Carnaval.  According to THR, Cusack will play sports scout who, in order to inherit his agency, must heads to Rio de Janeiro to recruit the world's top soccer player.  However, he has to do it during the madness of the city's annual festival, Carnaval.  Knoxville will play his best friend who comes along for the trip, but ends up having an affair with the soccer star's girlfriend and this is how conflict happens. Stern will also re-write the script from former agent David Styne.  Shooting is expected to begin this January.  Cusack will next be seen playing Edgar Allan Poe in the thriller The Raven and he's signed on to star in Lee Daniels' The Paperboy.  Knoxville's slate continues to fill up as he's set to co-star with Patton Oswalt in an untitled comedy from Todd Rohal,
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Joshua Michael Stern to Direct R-Rated Comedy Carnaval

Stone Village has hired Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) to direct Carnaval.  Per Variety, the R-rated comedy is about "a sports scout sent by his boss to Rio during Carnaval to recruit a soccer phenom no one has been able to reach."  Stern rewrote the original script by David Styne, who is still on board as producer along with producing partners Dylan Russell and Scott Lastaiti (Turistas) and Stone Village's Scott Steindorff (The Lincoln Lawyer).  The $20 million production is scheduled to begin in January in Rio de Janerio. Depending on how Stern wants to depict it, Rio is a beautiful place, and a particularly vibrant setting during Carnaval.  The festival takes place from February 18-22 next year, so I imagine production was scheduled to film in the middle of the action at the end of the shoot.  For my money, this has the makings of a very interesting comedy prospect.
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News Shorts: November 2nd 2010

New photos from Trespass and the first photos from Soul Surfer, Something Borrowed and The Help.

Four character posters from The Warrior's Way, several international character posters for Tron Legacy, and one-sheets for Red State and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

New Zealand's Weta shot some test footage for the upcoming "Darkchylde" comic adaptation which John Carpenter hopped onboard to direct this week. That can be viewed here.

"AMC's original series "The Walking Dead" pulled in over 5.3 total million viewers for its 10pm series premiere, making it the largest audience for any original series on the network. Its 3.6 million viewers key demo rating was the highest for any cable series premiere for 2010..." (full details)

"Sam Elliott says no-one has been in touch with him about the role of J. Jonah Jameson in the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot. Elliott was rumoured to be a candidate last week.
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Agent David Styne Sells Script Under Pseudonym, Steps Into New Writing Career

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Exclusive: After spending 17 years at CAA and the last three at Icm, David Styne is leaving the agency business to focus on a new career as a screenwriter. This comes after he made a sale on the first (and only) script he has ever written. Scott Steindorff's Stone Village bought Carnival!, a comedy that Styne wrote, based on a trip to Rio that he took four years ago with his high school buddies from Los Angeles. The trip was a seminal experience for Styne and when he described it to ex-client Oliver Stone, the director told him there was a movie in it. Styne never had time to write it. When the trip's Brazilian guide, Marco Cavalcante, was killed, Styne became determined to follow through and dedicate the movie to him. Styne, who majored in English at UCLA and is the grandson of legendary songwriter Jule Styne, wrote the
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Joel takes on Endeavor partner role

Veteran agent Brandt Joel has joined Endeavor as a partner in the agency.

Joel, who will work in the talent department, joins the agency after serving 10 years as a motion picture talent agent at CAA where he worked with such clients as James Gandolfini, Penelope Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Renee Zellweger. It is not clear which of his former clients might join him at Endeavor.

Prior to his tenure at CAA, Joel was an agent at UTA.

The agency described Joel, who left CAA Tuesday and is starting immediately at Endeavor, as a "great fit with the Endeavor culture," where he will become the agency's 22nd partner.

Joel's move follows that of another longtime CAA agent, David Styne, who switched agencies to join ICM on Monday.

Styne begins ICM chapter

Veteran agent David Styne has joined ICM as a motion picture literary agent.

Styne left CAA this month after 17 years with the agency. He declined comment on the reasons for his departure.

"I came to ICM because ICM has been a brand in the business for over 20 years and I met with a group of executives who conveyed an enthusiasm for rebuilding the company and also expressed a great desire for me to be a big part of it," Styne said.

Styne begins immediately and plans to "get to work right way with some longtime clients I've been working with who are coming with me to ICM."

It is unclear, however, which of those clients officially are coming with him.

Styne has been a longtime representative of a cache of writers, including John Logan ("Gladiator"), Russell Gewirtz ("Inside Man"), David McKenna ("Blow"), Caspian Tredwell-Owen ("Behind Enemy Lines"), Chris Kyle ("K-19: The Widowmaker"), Vincent Ngo and Jason Hall, as well as director Gil Kenan ("Monster House") and producer Andrew Lazar.

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