Toronto: Horror Film 'The Ritual' Sells to Netflix for $4.75 Million (Exclusive)
A source pegged the deal at $4.75 million, which would make it one of the top deals of the Toronto market (I Love You, Daddy to The Orchard and I, Tonya to Neon/30West — both for $5 million — slightly eclipsed the Ritual price tag).
The Ritual made its world premiere in the Midnight section of the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 8 and immediately drew the interest of buyers including Lionsgate, Annapurna, IFC and Saban Films.
- Tatiana Siegel
‘Croods 2’ Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum’s ‘Spooky Jack’ Get Release Dates
The sequel to 2013’s “The Croods” had been taken off the release schedule and thought to be possibly scrapped. But it is now back on track for a Sept. 18, 2020 release.
The first installment of “The Croods” made $587 million worldwide pointing towards signs of an obvious sequel. Leslie Mann is set to join the returning cast that included Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke.
Plot details are unknown at this time.
“Spooky Jack,” which will be exec produced by Jason Blum, is set to open on Sept. 17, 2021. The story follows three siblings who move into an eerie new home and discover that all the creatures we’ve been told don’t exist actually do. They must handle some unusual squatters from mischievous leprechauns and the elusive Big Foot to »
- Justin Kroll
Kate Guinzburg, Producing Partner of Michelle Pfeiffer, Dies at 60
Guinzburg died Sunday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, her friend, journalist Annie Bardach, said.
Guinzburg was serving as a production coordinator on Sweet Liberty (1986) when she met Pfeiffer, who was starring in the film opposite Alan Alda. The launched Via Rosa in 1990 and signed a deal with Sony and then Disney, and their first film, Love Field (1992), earned Pfeiffer an Oscar nomination for best actress.
- Mike Barnes
Harry Dean Stanton Fest Will Go on Following Actor’s Death
Harry Dean Stanton is no longer with us as of Friday, but the Harry Dean Stanton Fest will go on, the annual event’s founder told TheWrap on Monday. “We will be proceeding with the festival as scheduled. In fact, it feels more important to do so now than ever. Usually we celebrate his work, but this year we will celebrate his life,” Lucy Jones, founder of the annual Lexington, Kentucky-based fest said. Jones added that, while the festival made its programming choices months in advance, some of them will carry a particular resonance following Stanton’s death, culminating with the screening of. »
- Tim Kenneally
Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘Foxtrot,’ Israel’s Ophir Winner and Oscar Entry
Sony Pictures Classics released Samuel Maoz’s last film “Lebanon” and hung out with the Israeli filmmaker at the recent Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, where Venice Grand Jury Prize-winner “Foxtrot,” a moving and humorous exploration of grief and loss, was a rousing success. So it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired North American rights to the winner of eight Ophir awards, including Best Picture and Director.
Read More:‘Foxtrot’ Is a Brilliant Portrait of Israeli Frustrations — Telluride Review
Any film that wins the Ophir is the automatic Israeli entry for the Oscars. With it, Spc adds yet another arrow to its quiver of this year’s foreign-language arsenal, which already includes Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” (Sebastian Leilo) and likely Russian entry “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev).
In our review of the film, Eric Kohn wrote that its a “brilliant followup” to Maoz’s previous offering, »
- Anne Thompson
Director of Mel Gibson Movie Sues Producer Over Comment to L.A. Times
Farhad Safinia, the screenwriter and director of The Professor and the Madman, has just filed a lawsuit that is anything but ordinary. In California federal court, he alleges that he never came to a deal to shoot the picture and that Voltage Pictures is committing copyright infringement with respect to the movie about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary that stars Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. Plus, he's asserting defamation.
Icon claims that Gibson was entitled to sign-off on »
- Eriq Gardner
CAA Promotes Quartet Of Trainees
CAA said that it has promoted Darren Gee has been promoted to agent in CAA Sports' Basketball group, one of four trainees elevated today. Gee will be based in the New Jersey office. Also on the sports side, Barry Clarke and Melissa Lee were promoted to executives at CAA Sports Consulting, which advises and manages sponsorship rights deals. Both are based in New York. Tori Wechsler, meanwhile, was promoted to agent in the Digital Talent and Packaging group. Based in Los… »
‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Review: Emma Stone & Steve Carell Are Matchless And Top Of Their Game
A firestorm ignited in 1973 when retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs, a hustler and gambler looking for new prey, challenged reigning tennis queen Billie Jean King to a match to prove that a female champ was far inferior to anyone on the men’s tour — even an old-timer in his mid-50s. She turned it down at first, but after he defeated one of her chief rivals, King took on what became a virtual circus of immense proportions covered on ABC and around the world. Now that era and… »
Zack Snyder Films ‘Snow Steam Iron’ On iPhone
Batman v Superman and Justice League director Zack Snyder has just released Snow Steam Iron, a short film he directed. He released it on the Vero website. It is the first we've heard from Snyder since he stepped back from finishing Justice League to deal with a family tragedy, and Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the film for him. The logline of the short: Snow gently falls on the blood-stained streets of a seedy, out-of-time New York City. Steam envelops the nightmare… »
‘Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi May Direct The ‘Akira’ Movie
You could say New Zealand-born director Taika Waititi decided to change careers midway through his directorial life. Once a comedian helmer behind satires like “What We Do In The Shadows” and sweet and cheeky coming of age dramas such as “Boy,” and “Hunt For The Wilderpeople,” Waititi seriously changed gears midstream and that’s evinced once more with the news the filmmaker may direct the long-in-the-works “Akira” adaptation.
- Rodrigo Perez
‘Glee’ Alum Harry Shum Jr. Joins Sylvester Stallone In ‘Escape Plan 3’
Exclusive: Harry Shum Jr., who currently stars in the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters, is joining the Escape Plan franchise. The former Glee star is set to appear in Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films’ Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station, along with Tyler Jon Olson and Sergio Rizzuto. Sylvester Stallone returning as the star with John Herzfeld is on board to direct from a script by Miles Chapman, who wrote the previously two pics. In this installment, the daughter of a Hong Kong… »
Beau Willimon Elected WGA East President
Beau Willimon, the playwright and showrunner who launched Netflix’s “House of Cards,” has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America East, following an unopposed campaign to succeed Michael Winship.
Winners of the six open Freelance seats are incumbents Bonnie Datt, Susan Kim, and Courtney Simon along with Amy Sohn, Tracey Scott Wilson, and David Simon. Andrea Ciannavei, the runner-up for the six open Freelance Council seats, was elected to a one-year term on the council to fill the vacancy created by Willimon’s election as president.
Incumbent Phil Pilato was re-elected for an open Staff seat along with Kim Kelly and Hamilton Nolan.
Willimon and five other incumbents won re-election to two-year terms for council seats last year. He »
- Dave McNary
Beau Willimon Elected President Of WGA East
The WGA East has a new president, and ideally things will go more smoothly for him than the president he created for House of Cards. Beau Willimon has been elected to the top job at the NYC-based guild. He ran unopposed as Michael Winship chose not to seek re-election after serving as Wgae president since 2007. Incumbent Vice President Jeremy Pikser and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider also faced no competition and were returned to office. In the council races, Bonnie… »
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