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Sundance: Monterey Media Acquires ‘I Used To Be Darker’

27 January 2013 11:59 AM, PST

Exclusive: The Sundance Film Festival ended yesterday, but there will be a flood of deals that continue for the next few weeks, leading into Berlin. Monterey Media has acquired I Used To Be Darker, the third film by rising writer/director Matthew Porterfield. The deal comes as the filmmaker prepares for the film to be featured in the Forum section of the Berlin festival next month. Porterfield previously directed Hamilton and Putty Hill. (Full press release follows below.) Related: Sundance Awards 2013: ‘Fruitvale’ & ‘Blood Brother’ Win Grand Jury Porterfield wrote the script with Amy Belk and the film stars Deragh Campbell, Hannah Gross, Kim Taylor, Ned Oldham, Geoff Grace and Nick Petr. It premiered Saturday at the Yarrow Hotel Theatre, and focused on a runaway who seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. There she finds their marriage is ending and her cousin is in crisis. In the days that follow, »


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Shari Smiley Joining Jeff Berg’s New Agency

27 January 2013 11:15 AM, PST

Exclusive: While former ICM chief Jeff Berg is still assembling the pieces of his new agency, we know he’s going to get started with a strong book-to-movie department. Shari Smiley has signed on to join the agency, rejoining former CAA colleague Rich Green. Deadline revealed Saturday that Green left CAA Friday to join Berg’s new shop. Smiley has for the last year operated her own business, The Smiley Group. Before that she spent almost 19 years at CAA, rising from receptionist to agent. Like Green, her specialty is putting together movie deals from bestselling books. Since she has been on her own, the deals Smiley has made include the Fox deal for Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl, which had Reese Witherspoon attached and to which David Fincher is coming attached; Wild, the Cheryl Strayed bestseller that Nick Hornby is adapting for River Road and Witherspoon; and for client »


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Juan Antonio Bayona To Helm Eric Roth-Scripted Space Pic, Leading To A Fleming Geek Movie Rant

26 January 2013 4:52 PM, PST

Hollywood is in a real space race. Juan Antonio Bayona has been set to helm the untitled space pic that Forrest Gump scribe Eric Roth has written for Warner Bros, with Kevin McCormick producing. This comes amidst other space pic developments: Jj Abrams switching off from Star Trek to an attempt to place defibrilator paddles on what is left of Star Wars; and as Marvel Studios prepares to launch the space-set Guardians of the Galaxy as its next superhero franchise. That latter movie is still in the casting stage for the lead character of Starlord, and Marvel is still searching after Joseph Gordon-Levitt said no. I gave you a short list of actors last year who were meeting, and they’ve widened the search. Separately, a space-set version of The Odyssey just got launched at Warner Bros, and the studio has dated for fall the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney-starrer Gravity, »


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Vet Lit Agent Rich Green Leaving CAA For Jeff Berg’s New Agency

26 January 2013 1:49 PM, PST

Exclusive: Veteran lit agent Rich Green has left CAA, and he has joined the new agency being launched by former ICM chief Jeff Berg. The well respected Green has been there nine years, and his last day was Friday. Among the clients he worked with are Grace Of Monaco‘s Arash Amel, Maleficent‘s Linda Woolverton, Rock Of Ages‘ Chris D’Arienzo, Mike LeSieur (the Black List script The Flamingo Thief which Will Ferrel will star in) and authors like Sliver Linings Playbook‘s Matthew Quick, The CorrectionsJonathan Franzen, Fight Club‘s Chuck Palahniuk, Snow Crash‘s Neal Stephenson, The Discovery of Witches‘ Deborah Harkness and Interview with the Vampire‘s Anne Rice. It is unclear which clients might join him, at this point, as he tries to bring them over and CAA attempts to keep them in the fold. Green joined CAA after a long stint at UTA, »


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Sundance: Phase 4 Lands ‘Newlyweeds’

25 January 2013 2:54 PM, PST

Park City, Ut, January 25 – Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the Company has acquired all North American rights to Newlyweeds, the debut feature written and directed by Shaka King. Produced by Jim Wareck, Michael Mathews, Shaka King and Gbenga Akinnagbe, with Andy Sawyer and Neil Katz serving as executive producers, Newlyweeds just enjoyed its world premiere in the NEXTsection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which concludes this weekend. Phase 4 is planning a day and date theatrical and VOD release for the movie this summer. The deal was negotiated by Phase 4’s Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe with Glen Reynolds of Circus Road Films on behalf of the filmmakers. “We are thrilled to be working with Shaka on his first feature. Newlyweeds is an audience pleaser and we are looking forward to exposing it to audiences nationwide,” said Meyerowitz. In Newlyweeds, a Brooklyn repo-man and his »


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Sundance Update: Well After Midnight, Sony Pictures Classics Closes ‘Before Midnight’

25 January 2013 12:00 PM, PST

Update, 12 Pm: Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed Deadline’s Sundance scoop that it acquired North American and UK rights to Before Midnight, the Richard Linklater-directed film that captivated fest audiences and continues the relationship between characters played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as the travel the world. The official release appears at the bottom of the original exclusive break. Earlier Exclusive, 10:52 Am: I hear Sony Pictures Classics has closed a Sundance deal for Before Midnight, the third installment of the Richard Linklater-directed series that began with 1995′s Before Sunrise and continued with 2004′s Before Sunset. You don’t get many trilogies at Sundance, but this one premiered to raves last Sunday at Eccles Theatre in the Premiere category, and seven buyers have slowly been nipping at it ever since when they haven’t been distracted by the other auctions. This deal is well into seven-figures for »


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Open Road In Talks To Release JFK Pic ‘Parkland’, Eyeing Fall Release On 50th Anniversary Of Assassination

25 January 2013 11:49 AM, PST

Exclusive: Open Road is in final talks for domestic distribution on Parkland, a film that recounts the events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on November 22, 1963. They are eyeing a release late this fall, around the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film’s written and directed by Peter Landesman, the ex-foreign correspondent and scripter of films including the upcoming The Mission who makes his helming debut on the picture. It is based on Reclaiming History: The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy, the mammoth 1,632-page book by Helter Skelter author Vincent Bugliosi that meticulously debunked the conspiracy theories that later found their way into films like Oliver Stone’s JFK. The book was originally set at HBO for a miniseries by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in 2007 along with Bill Paxton, who at the time was starring in Playtone’s HBO series Big Love. »


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Sundance: IFC Closes Big Deal For ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’

25 January 2013 3:35 AM, PST

2Nd Update: IFC has finally confirmed this deal. Here’s the release, at the bottom of Deadline’s break on the deal. Update, 3:35 Am: It was easier for Deadline to splash an exclusive about the Ain’t Them Bodies Saints deal last night than it was for Sundance dealmakers to paper it. But Cassian Elwes and Wme Global’s Graham Taylor and Alexis Garcia finally closed with IFC FilmsArianna Bocco at 3 Am Los Angeles time, for a bit more than $1 million for U.S. rights. That means the reps will hold a mini-auction for Canadian rights — after they take a nap. I heard this morning from Elwes, who said Saints will benefit from a multi-platform strategy that the dealmaker/producer road-tested with Margin Call, and which he feels is a major reason the indie market is reinvigorated. On this deal, Elwes had his original flight canceled and had »


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HBO In Ring With Playtone And Ken Burns For Miniseries On Fighter Jack Johnson

24 January 2013 6:06 PM, PST

Exclusive: HBO has set Ides Of March screenwriter and playwright Beau Willimon to write Jack Johnson, a miniseries about the life of the first African-American world heavyweight champion. The mini teams Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and historian and documentary director Ken Burns. To be told in four to six parts, the mini is based on the Geoffrey C. Ward book Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson, which Burns previously adapted into the Emmy-winning PBS documentary of the same name. Burns is aboard to direct. Hanks and Goetzman are exec producers, and Burns is too. Willimon is co-exec producer. In the early 20th Century, Johnson was the class of the heavyweight division, a proud man of color who paid a high price for it. The main problem: he twice married white women and did not hide it or the fact that he liked to live well. »


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Weinstein Co Readying ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel For May Start

24 January 2013 2:39 PM, PST

Exclusive: The Weinstein Company has set a May production start in Asia on a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. There is a script by John Fusco, and TWC is in talks with veteran Chinese director Ronny Yu. Harvey Weinstein is producing. The new film is derived from the same source material as the Ang Lee-directed 2000 film that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and three other Academy Awards. Lee isn’t involved in this one, which is based on Silver Vase, Iron Knight. That is the fifth book in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy by Wang Du Lu. Crouching Tiger was the fourth book in the series. Fusco, whose credits include Spirit, Hidalgo and The Forbidden Kingdom, is an avid follower of Wu Sia, the centuries-old genre of Chinese fiction that this series is part of. “This was an opportunity to explore a lifelong passion I’ve had for Wu Sia, »


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Reese Witherspoon Circling ‘The Good Lie’

24 January 2013 1:32 PM, PST

Reese Witherspoon is in talks to star in the The Good Lie directed by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) with screenplay by Margaret Nagle (Warm Springs). The Good Lie will be produced by Molly Smith’s (The Blind Side) newly formed production and financing company Black Label Media. Along with the Black Label Media partners, Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Karen Kehela Sherwood are producers and Imagine’s Kim Roth and Reliance’s Deepak Nayar are named executive producers. Inspired by true events, The Good Lie follows a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help them, but the young man struggles to adjust to this new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind. »


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Joaquin Phoenix Back With PTA In ‘Inherent Vice’

24 January 2013 12:34 PM, PST

Breaking: Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to reteam with The Master helmer Paul Thomas Anderson on Inherent Vice, an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon detective novel. Annapurna PicturesMegan Ellison is backing the picture, as she did The Master. Phoenix is Oscar nominated in The Master, in one of his career best performances. He’s repped by Wme and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. »


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Universal Back At Altar With ‘Best Man 2′

24 January 2013 12:11 PM, PST

As Deadline revealed last October, Universal Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to the hit The Best Man, with all the cast returning. Universal has made it official: Universal City, CA, January 24, 2013 — Universal Pictures today announced that the entire all-star cast of its groundbreaking comedy The Best Man will reunite for the highly anticipated sequel that hits theaters on November 15, 2013. After nearly 15 years apart, Taye Diggs (television’s Private Practice), Nia Long (Big Momma’s House), Morris Chestnut (Kick-Ass 2), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Sanaa Lathan (Contagion), Monica Calhoun (Love & Basketball), Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality) and Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise) reprise their career-launching roles in the next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. »


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Sundance: Magnolia Headed Toward ‘S-vhs’ Deal

24 January 2013 11:24 AM, PST

Breaking: Magnolia Pictures is wrapping up a deal worth north of $1 million for S-vhs, after an auction that included Lionsgate and Drafthouse. The deal beats the sum for the first film VHS, which Magnolia also released. The film, which premiered Saturday in Sundance‘s Park City At Midnight section, is a found-footage pic where two private investigators looking for a missing student break into an abandoned house and find a collection of mysterious VHS tapes. They are horrific and shine a light on the motives behind the student’s disappearance. There is a gangbang of directors on this one: Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans and Jason Eisener wrote and directed the pic. Wme Global‘s Mark Ankner conducted the auction. Related: Sundance: Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘Prince Avalanche’ »


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Sundance: Content Acquires Foreign On ‘Concussion’, Will Sell At Berlin

24 January 2013 8:36 AM, PST

These Sundance films keep raking it in. Content has acquired foreign rights to Concussion, a drama about a fortysomething wealthy, married, lesbian housewife who gets beaned by a baseball and strangely reflects on a life that she realizes is wanting and leads her to lead a secret life on the side. As Deadline revealed late Monday evening, Radius-twc spent a 7-figure sum for North American rights, for a multi-platform release in a deal brokered by Paradigm. Here’s the Content release: Sundance – Content is delighted to announce the acquisition of all international rights to Concussion. The controversial but beautiful film premiered last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic section and has also been selected in Berlin’s Panorama, where it will screen next month. Directed and written by Stacie Passon, the cast includes breakout performances by Robin Weigert (The Sessions, Sons of Anarchy), Maggie Siff (Michael Clayton, »


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Sundance Update: Radius-twc Buys ‘Inequality For All’

23 January 2013 11:42 AM, PST

Breaking: The Weinstein Company’s Radius-twc label has acquired Inequality For All, which is playing in the U.S. Competition at Sundance. It’s the fourth pickup in Park City for Radius, which overnight nailed down Lovelace starring Amanda Seyfried and also acquired Twenty Feet From Stardom and Concussion here. In Inequality, noted economic policy director Robert Reich distills the topic of widening income inequality and addresses the question of what effects this increasing gap has on our economy and our democracy. Inequality premiered Saturday at the Prospector Square Park Theatre and bidding went on all night with several suitors before TWC emerged in an exclusive negotiation this morning. The plan is to release the Jacob Kornbluth-directed pic in summer 2013. Producers are Jen Chaiken and Sebastian Dungan of 72 Productions. “Inequality For All left us speechless”, Radius co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego said. “We feel extremely proud and privileged to collaborate with Jacob, »


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Sundance: Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘Prince Avalanche’

23 January 2013 9:49 AM, PST

Park City, Ut – January 23, 2013 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Prince Avalanche after its rapturously received Sunday premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The new film from writer/director David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, and was produced by Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng, Craig Zobel (director of Magnolia’s 2012 release Compliance), James Belfer and David Gordon Green. Driven by striking performances from Rudd and Hirsch, Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that’s been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, beautifully shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship. Funny, meditative and at times surreal, Prince Avalanche features a moving score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and »


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Sundance: Paul Walker-Starrer ‘Vehicle 19′ Acquired By Ketchup Entertainment

23 January 2013 7:38 AM, PST

Ketchup Entertainment has acquired the action thriller Vehicle 19, which stars The Fast And The Furious topliner Paul Walker, Naima McLean, Gys de Villiers, Leyla Haidarian, and Tshepo Maseko. It was directed by Retribution‘s Mukunda Michael Dewil. Ryan Haidarian and Peter Safran produced and Walker and Eddie Mbalo are exec producers. Walker plays a recent parolee who unwittingly picks up the wrong rental vehicle after a long flight. He soon realizes that he is the target of an entire police force after discovering the tied-up female “passenger” in the trunk. Pic will be released in June. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Mukunda and Paul. We are looking forward to launching this movie across multiple platforms, and believe this high-adrenaline thriller will be embraced by audiences everywhere,” says Gareth West, Ketchup Entertainment’s CEO. UTA’s Rena Ronson made the deal with West and Ketchup »


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Sundance: Exclusive Releasing Acquires ‘Two Mothers’

23 January 2013 1:23 AM, PST

Exclusive: In another late night Sundance Film Festival deal, Exclusive Media-owned Exclusive Releasing is closing a deal for U.S. rights to Two Mothers, the Anne Fontaine-directed drama that premiered last Friday at the Eccles Theatre. Deal is a low seven figure advance and includes a few other territories, but most of the foreign territories belong to Gaumont, which funded the film. Pic is described as a gripping tale of love, lust and the power of friendships of two lifelong female friends who fall in love with each other’s sons. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright play the moms, and Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville also star. Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton penned the adaptation of Doris Lessing’s short story. The deals calls for a traditional theatrical release through Exclusive Releasing, the distribution company that Exclusive co-chairmen Guy East and Nigel Sinclair launched last September, headed by Scott Pascucci and Matt Brodlie. »


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Sundance: eOne Gobbles Cannibal Tale ‘We Are What We Are’

23 January 2013 12:36 AM, PST

Breaking: In a low seven-figure deal for U.S. rights, eOne acquired the Jim Mickle-directed We Are What We Are, which premiered last Friday at the Library Center Theatre in the Park City At Midnight section. The plot: a devastating storm washes up clues that lead authorities closer to unraveling the dark secrets of the Parker family, who are cannibals. That premise is treated as slasher fare, it’s far more stylish and the buyer crowd and audience at the premiere screening ate it up and feel they’ve found a director with a voice worth hearing. The film stars Ambyr Childers, Bill Sage, Julia Garner, Michael Parks, Wyatt Russell and Kelly McGillis. It has gotten strong reviews beyond the genre crowd, and it gives eOne a good theatrical offering. Deal was made on the flight back to Los Angeles. I’ve heard both the Wme Global and eOne »


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