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Amazon Studios currently lists 14 movie projects in development, which it has procured through its over-the-transom script-submission process. But the company said those won’t be among the titles it releases as part of its new initiative for theatrical-first distribution.
On Monday Amazon announced that it would produce or acquire up to 12 movies per year, to be released in theaters four to eight weeks before becoming available on Prime Instant Video.
The company has hired producer Ted Hope to run the group and expects budgets to be in the range of $5 million-$25 million. It hasn’t specified genres it’s pursuing at this point except to say the movies “will focus on unique stories, voices and characters from top and up-and-coming creators.”
The new titles are anticipated as coming through a traditional studio development process, not via Amazon Studios’ script-submission program. In a statement, Amazon Studios VP Roy Price said, “We still have an open door for TV and movie scripts at Studios.amazon.com. We are very happy to have that source of ideas. As in TV, though, we do not expect that most of the movies in the Amazon Original Movies program will come from that source.”
Price added, “We are still developing some movies as part of that program that would not fit into the Amazon Original Movies program announced today.”
Films listed on Amazon’s slate include “Touching Blue,” a thriller from producer Denise Di Novi (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), about a teenage girl with psychic powers who must stop a mysterious killer. »
- Todd Spangler
The soundtrack details to everyone’s favorite “Twilight”-fan-fiction-turned-Kindle-porn’s film adaptation has been released, so Danny Elfman fans can finally stop pretending “Fifty Shades of Grey” will not be on his resume of film scores next to “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Batman." Though, it's easy to see how Elfman is simply tackling another kind of fantasy with this erotica drama featuring "unusual behavior." Apart from a couple of tracks from Elfman’s score, the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack includes yet another cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell On You,” this time by Annie Lennox (this writer’s favorite is the Creedence Clearwater Revival version, especially since his car was stolen with Creedence tapes and a briefcase full of business papers inside). We also get Beyoncé's “sensual” new version of “Crazy in Love," along with tracks from veterans like The Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra (clearly, »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
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